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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #389 - Night of the Living Drips - Lorinda Pike

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PLEASE visit Pam LaPier's diary to find out how you can help the Gulf now and in the future. We don't have to be idle! And thanks to Crashing Vor and Pam LaPier for working on this!

To repeat: please refrain from commenting in this mothership diary - it only serves to point people in the right direction.

Must see:

BOP Forensic Analysis Part 1
BOP Forensic Analysis Part 2
BOP Forensic Analysis Part 3

I received a set of links to the massive video library collected by Josef Gerbils of The Oil Drum.

Deepwater Horizon BlowOut & Oil Spill:
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut II
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut III
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut IV
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut V

Those include many videos from our crew and others.

40 page 12mb report on the Macondo well

Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Reference Material - from Whitis is the best source for everything.. The quantitative data diary has also been moved there.

Six Steps that Doomed the Rig is an excellent graphic from the New Orleans Times Picayune.

The motherlode of technical data Kairos brought us was removed, but the 19 mb 48 page BP Accident Investigation Overview and the 12 mb 147 page Confidential TransOcean Assurance Analysis of the BOP with detailed control diagrams starting at page 56, are still available.

Kossak Sillia gives a concise explanation of the mothership and liveblog:

This diary, that is, the mothership, forms the hub from which you can reach the other diaries. Or, think of it as a table of contents in the front page of a book. You use this diary to find a link to the latest discussions. You can also find links here to past discussions (previous diaries) if you wanted to read them.

The actual liveblog diaries (in this case playfully referred to as a 'submersible' or ROV) is where the discussion is--once one of these gets so long that its size is cumbersome, they start a new one. So if you wanted to join in to the most current discussion, you'd click the most recent link. But they leave the links there so that people can still go back and read the older ones if they wish.

The reason for this setup is that it prevents the recommended list from being filled up with many diaries on the same topic. Instead just the mothership will appear on the rec list where everybody can find it, which they can use to navigate to the latest discussion. (That's why we are asked to "rec" the mothership but not the other diaries, just reduces confusion.)

I hope this is sort of what you were wanting to know...

A video primer on ROV Watching, from GW regular sometv.

Video Feeds
20876/21507 - Development Driller II's ROV 1
32900/49178 - Development Driller II's ROV 2
41434/41436 - Olympic Challenger's ROV 1
40788/40789 - Olympic Challenger's ROV 2
30948/35246 - HOS Achiever's ROV 1
35461/36301 - HOS Achiever's ROV 2
47146/47147 - Development Driller III's ROV 1
43698/43699 - Development Driller III's ROV 2
39168/39169 - Chouest Holiday ROV 1
40492/40493 - Chouest Holiday ROV 2
58406/21750 - Iron Horse ROV 1
58406/21750 - HOS Iron Horse ROV 2 points to IH #1.

Bobo's lightweight ROV Multi-feed: A great low impact multi-view page
BP videos - All the available live feeds from BP
WKRG - Mobile/Pensacola (contains link for an iPhone app at the bottom)

Links, courtesy of several Kossacks

Liveblog diaries
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #389 - Night of the Living Drips - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #388 - Sittin' Up With the Dead - khowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #387 - Time for a Wake? - khowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #386 - The Coroner Won't Pronounce - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #385 - Is it Dead? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #384 - Darryl House
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #383 - Issues - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #382 - Intersection! - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV 381 -- O'Donnell Edition of BP's Gulf Catastrophe - gchaucer2
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #380 - Ranging Run - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #379 - Darryl House
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #378 - We Don't Blink - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Kairos
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #377 - We Ain't No Ways Tired - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #376 - Dancing in the Dark - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #375 - Watching When They Let Us - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #374 - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #373: Still Leaking @ the Mudline? No can see - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #372 - Still Leaking at the Mudline - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #371 - A New Leak - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #370 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #369 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe -Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #368 - Staring into the BOP- BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #367 - Waiting for Lots of Stuff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #366 - Waiting for the Kill - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #365 - LMRP has Landed - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech (is 50)
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #364 - Where's the BOP? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #363 - Heave ho; heave again - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #362 - Liftoff? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #361 - Waiting for Liftoff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #360 - Flying Monkeys - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #359 - BOP is on Deck - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #358 - BOP Surfacing - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #357 - BOP Surfacing watch - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Wee Mama
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #356 - Damaged BOP Recovery - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera

Previous motherships and ROV's from this extensive live blog effort may be found here.

Information on our community can be found in Phil S 33's diary here. That diary having timed out, bigjacbigjacbigjac next took up the cause and posted a new bio diary here. The latest bio diary was posted by Ursoklevar on 7-25 and includes the bio's from the previous diaries in alphabetical order by user name.

If you'd like, feel free to join in by sharing a little about yourself there.

Originally posted to Gulf Watchers on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Beaucoup thanks for the Daily Kos community (38+ / 0-)

    for your support of the BP Catastrophe liveblog. The Gulf Watchers greatly appreciate your recs for the Mothership and participation in the ROVs.

    They are spending an incredible amount of time and attention to the seeping mud line and the equipment around it. That seems more than a little odd considering this is supposed to be a deader than dead well.

    The Development Driller ROV 1 remains intensely occupied with the base of the wellhead where it is leaking at the mud line. She finally managed to finish reaming the end of the pipe that she had been doing for a couple of days and installed what appears to be some sort of valve. After cleaning more hydrates Development Driller ROV 2 went about doing a biological survey without much to see other than an eel.

    The Holiday ROVs had a Surface Handover task but didn't do a lot that anyone noted other than hanging out. One of the Olympic Challenger ROVs was tasked with Flexible Hose Inspection.

    BP catastrophe not over for Gulf residents. Excellent story with still photos and video but there is one photo of a dead bird and some of oiled animals.

    FOURCHON BEACH -- Don't tell Forrest Travirca that you've heard Louisiana dodged the bullet on environmental damage from the BP oil disaster. You might find yourself eating those words.

    "Smell this!" Travirca demanded as he grabs a handful of brownish sand from this beach just west of Grand Isle and pushed it at the nose of a reporter. "That's right -- it's oil."

    "All the brown spots and patches you'll see on this beach for the next nine miles is oil, too," he said. "And if you dig down a few inches or a few feet, you'll see oil, too. And if you walk into that marsh back there, you'll find oil.

    "So don't tell me we dodged any bullets. Or that it wasn't so bad. 'Cause I've been out there every day since May dealing with all that oil we dodged. It just makes my blood boil."
    And the bottom line from state authorities is that of the Louisiana's 7,700 miles of tidal coastline, only about 500 miles were oiled.

    That seems a small toll -- unless, like Travirca, you manage some of those 500 miles. Then you find yourself in a place where the bullets are still flying and battle is still going on, a battle experts say you could be fighting for years to come.
    One of the hottest of the hot spots is the coastal beach and marsh complex between Grand Isle and Fourchon, a 12-mile stretch of beach, low dunes and salty marshes laced with lagoons, bays, bayous, and oil and gas canals. It includes the state-managed Elmer's Island Wildlife Area, but most of the area is under private ownership
    The largest holding, about 12,000 acres, is part of the Edward Wisner Donation, a 1914 gift held in trust for the city of New Orleans. Spend a day walking the area and you know this is one of those places where BP's bullets hit the bone.
    "There's so much oil in some of these sands that when they heat up, the oil starts bubbling to the surface,"
    Travirca said. "That's one reason the cleanup crews have to wear those (protective) shoes. They're literally walking on oil sometimes."

    The water isn't clear, either. The falling tide reveals many shallows clogged by what looked like yards-long mud flats just beyond the water line. But a shovel proved them to be huge, sticky mats of sand and sea shells bound together by oil residue.

    In some places where the mats were exposed to the sun, black and brown oil was bubbling to the surface, tracing small black lines between shorebirds and hermit crabs before dripping into the Gulf.
    "We've had top scientists with NOAA out here, and some of them have said the best thing to do is just to leave it alone, and eventually it'll all be gone," Travirca said. "They say it could take decades, but it'll finally be gone."
    So when I hear people say 'It's over," I just feel like screaming. I want them to come spend a day on this beach, and then tell me it wasn't so bad, or it's over."

    Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft sends a clear signal to scientists about what their findings should be. Zukunft ought to to be telling scientists to be doing their best, unbiased work rather than telling them what their boss expects them to find.

    Monday, Zukunft flew to Morgan City to inspect the NOAA research vessel, Ocean Veritas.
    It's one of about a dozen ships now fanning out from the well site in the Gulf of Mexico, looking for oil hidden on the sea bottom and in the water column.  
    "So we can provide the public consistency in reporting, transparency in data to assure that the waters, verify the safety of the waters and most important the safety of the seafood," said Zukunft.
    Last week, some University of Georgia researchers found oil clinging to the sea floor, in some areas as thick as two inches. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine biologist Ian Hartwell, one of the scientists about the Veritas also expects to find oil in sediment tests near the BP wellsite.
    In the meantime, the admiral says tests aboard the Veritas should help reaffirm Louisiana seafood is safe to eat.
    "It's my expectation, beyond my hope that it will," said Zukunft.

    Feinberg has decided not to deduct cleanup wages from settlements. This should be welcome news for many who are rightfully concerned about what their future holds.

    Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is doling out the $20 billion fund that BP set up, made the key concession on Monday. He says no wages paid by BP PLC to the workers will be subtracted.

    Feinberg says it will help fishers who have been working on Gulf of Mexico oil spill response while they couldn't fish.

    Boondoggle barrier berm cheerleaders charge full steam ahead despite reservations by many concerned about the environmental impact.

    Despite serious questions raised by federal regulators about the project's environmental impacts, Louisiana coastal officials will continue to build six barrier berms to capture oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, a building effort that will result in about 25 miles of 6-foot-high sand and sediment hills.

    The Environmental Protection Agency "is concerned about the project's impacts on sediment transport, water quality, seagrass beds, navigation, availability of sediments suitable for future barrier islands restoration projects, and the effects on the human environment," said the corps letter. EPA recommended that the state be required to submit a comprehensive environmental impact statement before being granted a permanent permit.

    The Fish and Wildlife Service also focused on the potential harm from using material to build the berms that should be reserved for future restoration projects, the corps said.

    And it questioned why work was allowed to proceed under the temporary permit "if the oil spill has been stopped and the time frame to construct the barrier berm will surpass the need to provide protection from any oil that may remain in the Gulf from the spill.
    And it [Army Corps of Engineers] warned the state that it could be required to hire a third-party contractor -- selected and supervised by the corps, rather than the state -- to write an environmental impact statement.

    Louisiana sues Transocean in order to establish Transocean as a responsible party for the BP oil spill.

    The complaint asks the courts to make the ultimate decision as to Transocean's liability. The U.S. Coast Guard has already named Transocean as a liable party, but the extent of the liability needs to be determined by the court, the AG's office explained.

    The state seeks to establish Transocean's liability as a responsible party for the oil spill and the consequent damages and removal costs incurred by Louisiana.
    The Declaratory Judgment Complaint has been filed as a related case, for inclusion within, the federal Multidistrict Litigation proceedings currently pending before Judge Carl Barbier in the Eastern District: MDL-2179.

    Judge Barbier tries to expedite BP claims by approving "pleading bundles."

    In an unprecedented move designed to help expedite the lawsuits involving the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. Disrict Judge Carl Barbier has approved a plan proposed by both defense and plaintiff lawyers to group claims into "pleading bundles."

    Plaintiff liaison counsel Steven Herman coined the term "pleading bundles."

    Barbier said he had never before heard of the term and that no such term appears in the complex litigation manual or online. But, Barbier said he agreed with the concept.
    The pleading bundles are designed to group together similar claims into large groups and try them all at the same time. For example, restaurants, hotels and seafood distributors claiming economic losses under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) would be in one bundle, while wrongful death and personal injury claims would be a separate bundle.

    Gas well explodes in West Virginia but, thankfully, there were no injuries or deaths.

    MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire at a producing gas well in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

    No one was hurt in the accident Sunday at a Chesapeake Appalachia LLC site in rural Marshall County, but it sparked a fire that may need 48 hours to burn out. The well is about nine miles from Cameron.
    The fire is the second at a natural gas operation in Marshall County in recent months.

    Seven workers were injured June 7 in a blast near Moundsville.

    Check out the latest news in the most recent ROV diary and join us for comments and questions.

    In consideration of those with slow internet connections please refrain from posting embedded graphics, photos or videos. Please post links instead.

    We watch, so all will know.

    by Gulf Watchers on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 02:11:19 AM PDT

  •  Thanks GWs. (19+ / 0-)

    The round-up in the tip jar is much appreciated, as are all your efforts. I've been taking a hiatus from DKos but will be trying to rec your motherships again now that I'm back. So glad to see you folks still at it. Kudos!

  •  thanks for evverything (11+ / 0-)

    the bullets are indeed flying,

    one battle may be winding down,

    but the eco-war is still on.

    The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

    by jamess on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 05:44:34 AM PDT

  •  Thank you peraspera, et al, for this vigil. (0+ / 0-)

    The earth is sacred.

    ~we study the old to understand the new~from one thing know ten thousand~to see things truly one must see what is in the light and what lies hidden in shadow~

    by ArthurPoet on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 01:51:18 AM PDT

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