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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #393 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - 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

47146/47147 - Development Driller III's ROV 1
43698/43699 - Development Driller III's ROV 2

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 #392 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - When Can we Share a Soda? - khowell
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.

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  •  Loads and loads of thanks for the dKos community (50+ / 0-)

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

    The only ships remaining in the area with video feed capability are the Development Drillers II and III as well as the Olympic Challenger. Currently only the Olympic Challenger ROV 2 has an active feed. The Development Driller II ROV 1 feed which has been showing nearly nonstop hydrate jetting quit loading last evening. It's been a couple of days since they have shown us the oil seep at the mud line but the increased hydrate jetting doesn't imply any good news there.

    Park Superintendent says digging on beck is OK after a national park employee told a reporter he couldn't dig on the beach to see if there was oil deeper than where the beach was being cleaned.

    Park Superintendent Dan Brown says you can't dig in areas where you're likely to find artifacts, like the Fort Pickens compound.

    He doesn't know why we were stopped on the beach.

    Dan Brown/Gulf Islands Superintendent: "There's no regulation or anything that would prohibit people from digging other than for the things already mentioned that would disturb natural and cultural features."

    Dan Thomas/ "So then, what happened last week when they told us that?"

    Dan Brown/Gulf Islands Superintendent: "Um, well, probably some incomplete information on the part of those field staff."

    Study on the amount of oil released by BP's catastrophe published in Science, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal.

    BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it. Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the flow could not be measured. Then, as public pressure for information mounted, they looked for ways to measure it, and started producing estimates: at first, 1,000 barrels a day; then 5,000; then 12,000 to 19,000; then upward from there. Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever. Using a new technique to analyze underwater video of the well riser, they say it leaked some 56,000 to 68,000 barrels daily--maybe more--until the first effective cap was installed, on July 15. Their estimate of the total oil escaped into the open ocean is some 4.4 million barrels--close to the most recent consensus of government advisors, whose methods have not been detailed publicly. The paper appears in this week’s early online edition of the leading journal Science.
    The scientists say their study is just a start. Other researchers have been trying to get at the same question using separate visual and acoustic techniques. Crone and Tolstoy say their conclusions rest on just a few short clips of high-resolution video—almost all that has been released by BP and the government so far, and made available by members of Congress to the scientists. (A live publicly accessible webcam showing the leak as it continued week after week had extremely low resolution, insufficient for analysis.) The researchers point out that the flows could have varied day to day. And, the analysis did not include video of several other leaks from smaller holes further up the pipe, which are thought to have grown with time; thus, the true figures may be larger, if anything, said Crone.  "We clearly acknowledge the limits of our technique; we’re unlikely to ever know the exact figure," he said. Tolstoy added: "This is not the last word. It is the first peer-reviewed word. But we think it’s a really good ballpark."

    "Sea Snot" Explosion, possibly caused by BP's black monster, may have harmed the Gulf food chain. There is a more illustrative National Geographic photo than what they used for the story here.

    The Gulf of Mexico oil spill sparked an explosion of sticky clumps of organic matter that scientists call sea snot, according to ongoing research.

    The boom likely precipitated a sea-snot "blizzard" in Gulf (map) waters, researchers say. And as the clumps sank, they may have temporarily wiped out the base of the food chain in the spill region by scouring all small life from the water column.
    In addition to being perhaps suffocatingly large, the blizzard may have been toxic. Scientists have found tiny black dots in sediment traps near the BP spill site that—if confirmed as oil from the Gulf spill—suggest tarballs got swept up in the snowstorm.

    Normally, dead organisms settling on the seafloor are free meal deliveries for animals living at depth. "But when it's oil-soaked particles, I suspect the bottom-dwelling organisms might not be so happy," marine-snow expert Alice Alldredge said.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium just received four juvenile Kemp ridley's to prepare for release. This is the second group they have treated.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium received four sea turtles Thursday that were victims of the gulf oil spill. The juvenile Kemp's ridley turtles, among the smallest sea turtles, arrived at Tampa International Airport via the Coast Guard from the Louisiana coast and were taken to the aquarium's rehabilitation facility, said spokeswoman Krista Rosado. The new arrivals, which already have been de-oiled, are being evaluated and prepared for future release.

    Four brown pelicans, only removed from the endangered species list last November, were released on Raccoon Island in Louisiana. Eleven other birds were released as well.

    Two months after hundreds of pelicans soiled by the BP oil spill were discovered on Raccoon Island, brown pelicans cleaned of oil have been released on the island -- also cleaned of oil.

    Farmers in eight states helping birds by flooding fields to provide untainted habitats.

    Soundbite: John Pitre, Wildlife Biologist, USDA Wildlife Resources Conservation Service

    "There’s a lot of birds that migrate through Louisiana. And a lot of them require wet habitat. And there’s not a lot of wet habitat left. We have a lot of wet agriculture that greatly benefits them- rice farming, crawfish farming, but by tweaking that operation just a little bit to add water and plant manipulations before or after typical operations it greatly benefits those birds.

    Oil exec wants details of how shutting in the Macondo was decided. Hardly any wonder. Chu publicly bragged about risking blowing out the formation so oil execs will be able to use that as justification for taking excessive risks themselves.

    CSPAN has a video of Tuesday's panel discussion on Deepwater Blowout Containment Capabilities. It might be more enlightening to hear from experts who don't think risking an unstoppable gusher from blowing out the formation is a big winner for a containment strategy going forward. Panelists included.

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar · Secretary of Energy Steven Chu · Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes · Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director, United States Geological Survey · Dr. Tom Hunter, former Director, Sandia National Laboratory · Michael R. Bromwich, Director of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement · Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno, Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard · Andrew Inglis, Chief Executive of Exploration & Production, BP · Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman& CEO, ExxonMobil · Hon. Don Winter, PhD, National Academy of Eningeering ·Elgie Holstein, Environmental Defense Fund

    MSNBC has a video of a short interview with Ken Feinberg and claimants. Many people remain quite angry with the claims process.

    Frustrated claimants turn to Coast Guard fund after failing to get money from the BP fund.

    One month after independent paymaster Kenneth Feinberg took control of managing Gulf spill damage claims, many claimants at his Gulf Coast Claims Facility are still awaiting a response to their applications. As these delays cause increasing frustration and financial hardship, interest is growing in a little-known alternative fund that handles oil spill claims -- the Coast Guard's National Pollution Funds Center.

    Receiving BP compensation is a matter of life and death for a Louisiana couple. It is a heartbreaking story but the reporter does his profession proud for promising to go to bat for the couple.

    "I'm fixing to lose my house, I'm fixing to lose my cars. I'm fixing to lose everything," said a tearful Kathleen Fabacher.

    Her husband Kenny Fabacher can't get another job: he went blind seven years ago.
    Kenny is also in kidney failure, so he needs dialysis three times a week to stay alive. But the overdue bills they can't pay include their vehicles and insurance so he can get to dialysis.

    "Bills aren't paid, they take my car, they take my insurance, they take my house, and then I can't get him back and forth to dialysis," Kathy said, adding that if her husband doesn't receive treatment, he'll die

    I again asked Feinberg's staff to provide emergency help for the couple, and we'll let you know what happens.

    Louisiana tries to get $75 million from BP to promote tourism and seafood. One of the people BP sent to the meeting has appeared in BP's obnoxious ads.

    BATON ROUGE -- Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle and officials of  BP will meet again next week to discuss the state's request that the oil giant come up with $75 million to promote Louisiana's tourism and seafood industries that have been hurt by the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill.

    Angelle and three key BP officials met for an hour today but reached no decisions, much to his frustration.
    Angelle said he wrote letters to BP officials in July and earlier this month that went unanswered.

    He said today's meeting was scheduled Wednesday because he e-mailed BP and said that he intends to tell a presidential commission probing the spill the effects it has had on the state's seafood and tourism programs.

    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 Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 02:50:23 AM PDT

    •  And did Chu blowout the formation? (8+ / 0-)
      thanks for that link, and that is and will be the question going forward!

      They have stopped the feeds to the wellhead observations and the constant almost
      hourly cleaning of the wellhead area: the cleaning of the hydrate accumulation that is a result of active continuing leakage up around the well casing and the rock formation. There is a dangerous reservoir there, this leakage is unprecedented and should be cause for alarm and active monitoring.

      They need to restore these feeds.

      We don't believe much the people in charge have to say, they have repeatedly lied, parsed, obfuscated, and deceived us from Day One.

      They have many interlocking political and financial goals, and have repeatedly been shown to have biased everything they say for those goals, not the goals of truth and transparancy and public stewardship.

      We need to put this behind us, not start a whole cottage industry of rumors and fearmongers. The nation's experiences in the aftermath of the 911 investigations should have told us that. There are already people trying to make false truths and lies into a income stream at the expense of truth, restore these feeds so they can't cause for damage to the public trust.

      By restoring these feeds we can see the continuing leakage around the wellhead and if it is staying constant or diminishing or being dealt with. Until then we are going to be left with rumors and fears.

      Restore the feeds.

      Does this rec make my head look fat?

      by KenBee on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 08:47:54 AM PDT

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  •  Great work that you have been doing. Thanks (11+ / 0-)

    Question please, if the well is permanently killed, what else is there?

    I was trying also to understand why KO is still counting for the number of days for the disaster.  The BP gush was capped over 65 days ago but was permanently sealed on 9-20=10.

    Please help me understand what I might have missed.  I would appreciate it.

  •  Pera, my only comment is; I thought we were going (12+ / 0-)

    to continue mentioning the Mothership was being laid to rest on Monday, at #125?  Can we add that in there today?

    I can take a loaded rifle into a National Park. No problem. But I can't dig in the sand. --Fishgrease

    by Phil S 33 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 06:20:11 AM PDT

  •  My diary on proposed changes for GWers is up. (8+ / 0-)

    Thanks for everybody who helped with this. Stand by your urso now?

    War does not determine who is right--only who is left. Bertrand Russell

    by ursoklevar on Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 08:42:19 AM PDT

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