James Cameron Pursues Role in Stanching Gulf Gusher

Source New York Times

Alarmed by the ongoing oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, James Cameron, the film director and longtime user and developer of deep-sea technology, helped organize a  meeting of experts at the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday and spoke about it Wednesday night at the Wall Street Journal’s “ D: All Things Digital” conference near Los Angeles.

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The Drudge Report focused on Cameron’s hard-edged comments about being rebuffed after offering to help BP early in the crisis and then watching one failed effort after another. In the onstage interview, Cameron said:

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.

What’s more interesting is that Cameron said he and others who attended the Washington meeting are preparing reports and recommendations on possible next steps. In the interview, he discussed the merits of having an independent view of the seabed activity, noting that BP is potentially culpable yet controlling access to what could be a crime scene.

Frankly, now that BP has started streaming  video from a dozen deep-sea cameras, I doubt another remotely operated submersible is needed.

But given Cameron’s proven skills in assembling specialists to solve daunting technical challenges in deep water, I can’t see much of a downside in any of this.

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