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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #391 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Talking about Change - khowell

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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 #391 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Talking about Change - khowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #390 - Drips Redux - Lorinda Pike
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 Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Many, many 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.

    One of Olympic Challenger's ROVs went on a manifold inspection task yesterday and last night hooked up the ROV dispersant plate for retrieval to the surface. The Development Driller ROVs continue to obsess over the mud line seep and jetting the hydrates the seep causes. Around midnight her ROV 1 was tasked with casing shear ram function testing.

    Dr. Ian MacDonald thinks the effects of BP's black monster will plague the Gulf for a generation.

    The Florida scientist who caught BP underestimating the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico says the effects of the spill will likely last another generation.

    Florida State oceanography professor Ian MacDonald told colleagues on Tuesday that while much of the oil is gone from the surface now, it is still in the environment and he expects harmful effects for years.

    MacDonald says more than a half million tons of oil remain in the ecosystem and that will probably reduce the productivity and diversity of the Gulf's plants and animals.

    The government is not finding serious concentrations of undersea oil. However, after the shabby science they used for the Oil Budget it would be reassuring to have this confirmed by independent scientists.

    The government is unable to confirm reports of a miles-long plume of oil lurking beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico from BP Plc's giant oil spill, a government scientist said on Tuesday.

    Gulf oysters will take at least two years to recover according to Alfred P. Sunseri, proprietor of the oldest oyster business in the United States.

    "From a biological point of view, the oyster is most susceptible to the oil," Randy Pausina, assistant secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, told AOL News. "They can't move, and so those beds need to be closed and can't be reopened, as opposed to finfish, shrimp and crabs that can move out of the area."

    And oil wasn't the only danger facing gulf oysters over the past month. Oysters are very sensitive to salinity, and the freshwater diversions designed to push oil out of the estuaries may have forced the bivalves to shut tight until the oysters starved to death. It's unclear the extent that those twin threats have damaged existing beds, but it will be a long time before they can repair themselves.
    "For us to get back to any kind of real normalcy, I'd say at minimum you're looking at 24 months," he [Sunseri] said.

    Only 356 applicants for money from out of work deepwater rig workers. So much for the doomsday hysterics about the deepwater drilling ban.

    NEW ORLEANS -- There have been far fewer applicants than expected for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill.
    With 9 days left to apply, a spokesman for the charity running the program told The Associated Press today that only 356 people have come forward. Up to 9,000 people had been expected to seek grants of $3,000 to $30,000.

    The WSJ has a short profile of John Wright, who was in charge of the relief well. Let's hope that Wright eventually shares his suggestions for improvements in well safety and response. The relief well operation was the only part of coping with the runaway Macondo that went smooth as silk.

    For most people watching from the sidelines, BP PLC's Gulf blowout was a catastrophe of historic proportions. For John Wright, it was just another out-of-control well.
    The relief well Mr. Wright drilled for BP is the 41st he has designed and managed in a legendary oil-industry career that took him from the seas of Alaska to the tea plantations of Bangladesh.
    It is a challenging task, however. Mr. Wright's target was a 7-inch diameter pipe—the span of a hand—nearly 3 ½ miles below the surface of the ocean. The drill-bit only has to be off a few inches to miss.

    Our own eljefebob, MSNBC oil expert Bob Cavnar gets a mention in Texas Monthly. Bob has always been a reliable source of reason in his commentary.

    In contrast, the disaster birthed a new media star: silver-haired Robert L. Cavnar, the rare oilman who also happens to be a Democrat who also happens to support the Obama administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling. MSNBC, for one, couldn’t get enough. "Nobody wants to be seen publicly going against the industry," Cavnar said about energy executives who privately support his view. "I’m more worried about more guys getting killed." Cavnar has been in the energy business for more than thirty years—as CEO of a Houston oil company and as an executive at El Paso Corporation—and was himself injured in an East Texas gas well pit fire decades back.

    Halliburton just completed their acquisition of Boots and Coots the company for whom John Wright works. It would be a tragedy if Boots and Coots acquires Halliburton's corporate culture rather than retaining their own.

    Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) closed the acquisition of Boots & Coots, Inc., creating the industry’s premier intervention services and pressure control product service line. The merger combines Halliburton’s coiled tubing and hydraulic workover operations with Boots & Coots’ well intervention services, providing operators with a more comprehensive production services portfolio.

    Vanity Fair did an obit for the Macondo.

    The B.P. oil well, officially known as Macondo 252—the same name as the town in One Hundred Years of Solitude—was born in March 2009 in the Gulf of Mexico. It would remain in these warm, wicked waters for the rest of its short life. Macondo 252 grew up in an unusual three-parent home, with B.P., Anadarko, and MOEX all having shared custody. However, it was B.P., fatefully, that was Macondo’s main caretaker. Blessed by enormous wealth and tremendous freedom, B.P. and Moncando nevertheless had a fraught relationship. "Oil company BP used a cheaper, quicker but potentially less dependable method to complete the drilling of the Deepwater Horizon well," wrote Kevin Spear of the Orlando Sentinel.

    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 Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 01:20:32 AM PDT

  •  Another outstanding tip jar full of info (9+ / 0-)

    Thank you, pera, for you unwavering devotion to the Mothership fand for always providing such informational tip jars.

    Thank you too, Gulf Watchers.  Without the volunteer ROV pilots who showed us the real story 24/7, this disaster would have soon been forgotten.

    Sadly the truth is the first victim in both war and in politics...--ovals49

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 08:00:11 AM PDT

  •  Excellent synopsis!!! Thanks again, GWers. n/t (4+ / 0-)

    "Mysteries Like This And Many Others~~ In The Trees Blow In The Night~~ In The Southern Skies" Allen Toussaint

    by rubyr on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 11:39:20 AM PDT

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