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Cameron fears hurricane will wreck oil clean-up
PTI
London, June 09, 2010
First Published: 09:01 IST(9/6/2010)
Last Updated: 09:03 IST(9/6/2010)

Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron is growing increasingly concerned over the impending hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico - because it could have a catastrophic effect on the oil spill clean-up efforts.

The Avatar director was among the first celebrities to offer help after a BP rig off the southern US coast ruptured, sparking one of the worst environmental disasters in the country's history.

He offered the use of his deep water exploration teams and equipment, but now fears the progress that is being made to stop the oil gushing into the ocean will be ruined if a storm hits the region, reported Contactmusic.

A ship anchored nearby is helping siphon off the leaking fluid, but it would have to move inshore if a hurricane strikes - and powerful winds would also whip the oil into the air.

"If that ship (which is helping siphon the oil) has to move, because it's in the track of a hurricane for safety reasons... We've seen that thing (leak) going full throttle, roaring, you know, venting into the sea. It's going to just go back to that for eight or 10 days until they can get back on stage," Cameron told talk show host Larry King.

"If you got oil coming up to the surface, the hurricane atomises the surface, picks it up in the wind, and drives it in land. Yes, you'll have traces of oil in your precipitation," he added.


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