June 4, 2010

James Cameron says 'morons' charged with fixing Gulf oil spill

Posted: 09:30 PM ET



"Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron on Wednesday evening criticized those responsible for stopping the geyser of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and again offered the assistance of the private team of deep-sea experts with whom which he has worked on several underwater films and exploration efforts.

"Over the last few weeks I've watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing," Cameron said at the D: All Things Digital conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal near Los Angeles.

Cameron developed expertise in deep sea robotic vehicles and submersibles over a period of 22 years, he said. That's led to the filming of two documentaries about the Titanic, as well as the feature film of that name, which at the time was the highest-grossing feature film ever. He also directed "The Abyss."

"Wait a minute, I know a lot of smart people in deep submergence," Cameron said he thought as the Gulf crisis deepened. "Why don't I just get all these people that I know together for a brainstorming session?"

Cameron told the audience that on Tuesday he had gathered 23 people - a "who's who" of the deep sea robotics community - together through the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, though no one from the EPA attended the meeting at the agency's headquarters.


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Ron Miller   June 4th, 2010 11:46 pm ET


The neck has been cut off and we now have an open pipe. Why not use the oil platform over the pipe for what it is designed for. Drop a drill bit or rubber expanable stopper down the open pipe below the sea floor a=till it stops up the leak. Then drop down a pile and fill the thing with concrete to fix it.

We need to try every possible fix.

It is odvious BP s attempts are all about GETTING THE OIL.

Get someone else in there who will fix it.

gerald Jolly   June 4th, 2010 11:54 pm ET

Congratulations Mr. Cameron.

You seem to be the only person that's got it right,

Smith in Oregon   June 5th, 2010 12:29 am ET

Republican Congressmen appear to be eager to belly up for Halliburton's Cash political donations!

Dick (Shooter) Cheney's back door benefactor and best friend and former employer, HALLIBURTON Gushed donations into the select Congressional committee's which specifically are created in Congress to oversee the Oil Spill liability's and fines. Virtually ALL of the Republican Congressmen sitting on those Congressional investigations and committees had their pocket's filled with more money than Halliburton has politically donated for the past TWO YEARS.

Talking about TAINTED MONEY!

Does any non-Republican here doubt that Halliburton is attempting to buy a lesser fine being levied against them?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 4:48 am ET

Everyone's two-cents-worth is worth something I suppose.

Smith in Oregon   June 5th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby (Captain Drill) Jindal is entirely typical of the Republican lawmakers for many decades in Louisiana. They placed Big Oil far and above all other concerns and business's in Louisiana for decades.

Republican Bobby (Captain Drill baby Drill) Jindal is now screaming and jumping up and down over President Obama's present freeze on Gulf of Mexico deep sea Oil well drill sites. After dooming multiple generations of his State's fishery's, Bobby (Captain Drill) Jindal is anxious to do it all again!

Yes, thanks entirely to Republicans Bush-Cheney's secret backroom Big Oil dealings, NONE of the Gulf deep sea Oil well leases had federal environmental impact and emergency contingency plans filed prior to being awarded those leases and go ahead to proceed.

Even the current Oil gusher had NO environmental impact study and NO emergency contingency plan filed. And now BP is telling the Government it had no tools nor a specific plan for what occurred!

Meanwhile 'Captain Drill' Bobby Jindal being the typical sack of morass Republican Louisiana politician is jumping up and down because President Obama placed a temporary freeze on offshore Oil drilling until legislation adds the needed regulation back which apparently Bush-Cheney gutted as a favor to Big Oil.

Crude Oil is a poison and a neuro-toxin, it's not a friendly slime, it's not some chia-pet you water and grow. If you play with it, eat it, drink it or breathe it, you will get sick. How sick depends solely on the amount of crude Oil you are exposed to.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 8:19 pm ET

I was watching the video of the interview at the White House between President Obama and Larry King and the President mentioned that BP was wanting to spend millions on an advertising campaign to repair their image. Can you believe it.

The President was of course not too happy with this, and he said that this money could instead be given to the suffering small businesses and fisherman, whose livelihoods are being affected by this catastrophic oil disaster.

I would wholeheartedly agree. BP sure knows where their priorities are it seems, NOT.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

I cannot bear to look at the wildlife pictures of the suffering animals covered in this thick oil sludge. It is truly sickening and heartbreaking to see.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 6th, 2010 3:35 am ET

I think BP is more concerned for their shareholders now, by the sounds of it.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 6th, 2010 3:44 am ET

@Smith in Oregon June 5th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Yes, this is disgusting what has happened. I hope some people can sleep well at night and live with their consciences. Didn't give a damn.

steve vargeson   June 6th, 2010 8:02 am ET

As like everyone else this disaster is hard to watch unfold day after day. So I would just like to give an idea that I think will work. If BP would put a pipe down into the well with a large balloon on it and then force a large amount of expandable foam into this balloon, This STUFF as it is called would expand inside the balloon not being flushed out by the oil and would choke off the oil flow.

JamesB   June 6th, 2010 10:24 am ET

Smith in Oregon,
Dip yourself in oil and never come out.

Joan Servis from Clemson, SC   June 6th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

I cannot watch what is happening in the Gulf. I wish you and your team of experts were able to get involved. It is so upsetting and I think you would be a logical choice for advice.

Andres Pichado   June 6th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

Mr. King and Mr. Cameron

If Pemex from mexico solved their oil spill in 1976 with pouring concrete on the leakage, why is the US NOT enforcing this measure upon BP since there has been past experience.

I think this is a step to a quick solution which no one has contemplated as of yet.

There is no quicker solution than this even if it has some enviromental issues but iti is quick and efficient

Andres Pichardo

Marie Badeaux   June 6th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

At least there is one celebrity who cares enough to show their face and speak out about the oil spill. Him and Costner, the only two I've seen actually try to do something.
Clooney and Pitt have been hiding under rocks helping every other country but their own. Shame on them!

rick niblick   June 7th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

i see several bolts that hold the pipe they cut off to the blowout preventer why cant they just unbolt this cuppler and put on a new one ???????? then they can capture the oil excapping or shut it off

Mark Slater, Rochester,NY   June 7th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Why couldn't a large "chimney" of concrete sewer piping be stacked together and supported (guy wiring to stabilize it) until it reached the surface, plus several yards above the waters surface to create a "containment silo" that could be continually pumped out. This would stop the oil leakage and 100% of the oil could be recovered. This would at least contain the leak and buy time until the relief well's are completed. This seems very simple and logical.

James Foster,Ky.   June 7th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I've worked with higher pressures than 13,000 psi as what is told the old well is operating at.
I worked on many hydraulic system with saftey systems built into them. Can't seem to think why these people can't figure out to slide a large piece of pipe over the blow-out valve with piping and hose. At the other end connect it to very large pumps. Let the pumps suck more volume then the well is putting out.
Just make sure you put saftey's in place for a quick release in case needed. I fgure at 40' ft of pipe for each piece it could be completed in approx. 3 days.

robert tobias,michigan   June 8th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Use liquid helium or nitrogen to slow the flow enough to reduce the backpressure enough to plug it.They have very high pressure both inside the pipe and outside the pipe,take advantage of the high outside pressure and you can do what will not work at sea level,don't complain about the extreme pressures involved,use them.Try using a series of plugs of smaller sizes instead of just one,slow a little more each time.
In future,NO OPERATION untill relief wells are in place,three wells minimum before pulling any oil

louis cole   June 8th, 2010 11:54 am ET

I BELEAVE I CAN HELP STOP THE OIL LEAK. I've watched them install a relief valve on a high pressure water line with out spilling a drop. They have a specal drill with a hole saw attached to a drill bit if this was attached to a Y shape casting with special drill motor in the middle of the Y . The ends of the Y could be used for sucking oil or pushing cement . The bottom of the Y would have a hydaulic hand to attach to it so it can clamp onto the pipe. Please reply back. I would, personally, install two of them inline. One for sucking and one to plug the end of the line. This could be installed on all pipelines for safety measure and easily installed by robots. Thanks!


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