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Please rec the new Mothership #125 here. This one has expired.
After tomorrow morning the current Mothership format will be discontinued. Instead, there will be a Gulf Watchers Morning Edition diary posted at the same time, 5:00 a.m. CDT. Recs and discussions will be welcome just like they would be for a normal Daily Kos diary. A Gulf Watchers Evening Edition will be posted if needed. After a few days Gulf Watchers will review the situation and decide whether to retain that type of organization or try something different. Ursoklevar has an excellent diary summarizing Gulf Watchers's discussion about future plans. Please add to the discussion here or the current ROV if you have ideas or preferences going forward.

The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #395 - Condition: transition - BP's Gulf Castastrophe - David PA

The digest of diaries is here

Rules of the Road

  • We take volunteers for subsequent diaries in the sub diaries or ROV's as we have playfully coined them.
  • Please rec this mothership diary, not the ROVs.
  • Please be kind to fellow kossacks who may have limited bandwidth and refrain from posting images or videos.

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

39168/39169 - Chouest Holiday's ROV 1
40492/40493 - Chouest Holiday'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: is a great low impact multi-view page.
BP has a page for the feeds from the ships on site.

Links, courtesy of several Kossacks

Liveblog diaries
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #395 - Condition: transition - BP's Gulf Castastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #394 - Transitions - BP's Gulf Castastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #393 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
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

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 Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Barrels of thanks for the Daily Kos community (42+ / 0-)

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

    There are two ROV feeds up with only the Olympic Challenger ROV 2 having an active feed. She was tasked with Sub Sea Basket Recovery.

    NOAA official teams up with BP to peddle the joys of dispersant use to eighth graders. The best dispersant scientists in the world are saying that they won't know for a very long time what the environmental and human health impacts will be from the deep sea injection of dispersants. Gary Ott and NOAA should be following their lead rather than cozying up with BP to hustle dispersant use to children. The principal is gung ho on this political indoctrination of the children.

    More oil was released at Oaklawn Middle School in Houma Wednesday, but the disaster was contained to a 10-gallon aquarium as a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnered with BP to answer eighth graders' questions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    Gary Ott, science support coordinator with NOAA, demonstrated the basic science behind the oil spill and its cleanup for students using an aquarium filled with water as the Gulf of Mexico and cooking oil mixed with Hershey's cocoa powder to represent BP's spilled oil.
    Of course, the oil doesn't disappear when it's dispersed, Ott acknowledged. It stays suspended in the water column for weeks where it can hurt some fish species. But it is broken down within weeks by hungry oil-eating microbes, he said. It's a trade-off officials accept to keep huge slicks of oil from floating into wetlands and oiling birds, Ott said.
    Ott said the presentation was aimed at dispelling fear and rumors about the BP oil spill by empowering students with knowledge through experimentation. Other presentations at local schools are planned.
    Dawn LaFont, principal of Oaklawn Elementary School, said students are hearing about the spill from their families and "are part of the worry."

    "Politically, this is going to be something that affects these kids for a long time," LaFont said. "They need to be informed, and they got their questions answered today in a hands-on way."

    Business owners in Alabama assert claims process is unfair, favoring employees.

    Business owners and public officials in Baldwin County say they are alarmed by reports of employees receiving more money for oil spill claims than owners of the businesses they work for.

    It is just another aspect of their biggest problem with Ken Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility — that business owners near Baldwin County’s once-lucrative beaches get checks that cover only a fraction of losses suffered after the oil spill began keeping tourists at bay.

    David Wright is an extreme example. The owner of an Elberta company that builds high-end homes for people who plan to either retire or vacation on the coast, Wright had to lay off his 15 workers when his customers canceled contracts after the April 20 spill.

    Rob Manney, a supervisor on Wright’s crew, said he got checks totaling 80 percent of his personal claim with Feinberg’s operation.

    Wright’s business claim was denied.
    Feinberg did not respond to requests for comment made to his media representative.

    Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said he has spoken to at least three business owners with similar stories, though each of them got something from Feinberg.

    Tampa Bay fisherman are having a hard time finding buyers.

    Officials have assured the public that fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil spill is safe to eat, but many don’t believe it. Tampa Bay fisherman Joe Bari told, "It's been pretty screwed up since the oil spill. You talk to people around here and a lot of them are hurting. Nobody seems to be able to come up with any real answers." The 51-year-old commercial fisherman has been working Gulf waters for 30 years, and claims that he is able to find fish. However, he and others are having a hard time selling them.

    Restaurant closes because of public concerns about seafood safety. The FDA should get a moveon to make their testing procedures totally and completely transparent as Congressman Markey has requested.

    FAIRHOPE, Alabama - Another Baldwin County business is falling victim to the effects of the oil spill.

    The Old Bay Steamer Restaurant will close for good Sunday night.

    The owners said they made it through the recession, but couldn't overcome perceptions from the oil spill.
    Robin Lambert said, "I think the local people are somewhat concerned, and they're taking a 'better safe than sorry' approach to it, and saying, 'You know what? I'm sure its fine, but, I'm just not going to eat it at this time.'

    NOAA opens more federal waters to fishing.

    Though the U.S. government assures citizens that regular testing of marine life is conducted, some fear that there is no way to test for the byproducts of chemical dispersants after the massive oil spill.  Though nearly 87% of federal Gulf waters are now open, many refuse to eat seafood out of fear.
    NOAA Reopens Nearly 8,000 Square Miles in the Gulf of Mexico to Fishing
    NOAA today reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 7,970 square miles of Gulf waters along the southern boundary of the federal closed area. This area is about 60 nautical miles off of central Louisiana and about 140 nautical miles off Mississippi, Alabama, and the western edge of the Florida panhandle. This is the sixth reopening in federal waters since July

    This reopening was announced after consultation with U.S. Food and Drug

    Administration and under a re-opening protocol agreed to by NOAA, the FDA, and the Gulf states.

    Feinberg promises larger, more timely payments.

    NEW ORLEANS — Victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should start getting bigger payments faster, the administrator of the fund set up to help them said Saturday.
    Kenneth Feinberg said he was responding to criticism from residents and businesses.
    "Over the past few weeks, I have heard from the people of the Gulf, elected officials, and others that payments remain too slow and not generous enough," Feinberg said in a statement. "I am implementing new procedures that will make this program more efficient, more accelerated and more generous."

    Feinberg will cluster claims to speed the process.

    MOBILE, Ala. -- Oil spill claims czar Ken Feinberg said today that he is seeing enough consistency in business claims that he will give owners more benefit of the doubt when reviewing their finances, which he said should result in bigger checks and faster payments.

    After a month of reviewing claims, Feinberg said he has noticed businesses in the same industry are making similar assumptions when calculating losses. For example, he cited the importance that beach businesses place on summer income.

    Up to this point, Feinberg said, his adjusters at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility were reviewing each claim on its own, and may not have agreed with those assumptions.

    Now he will be clustering claims by industry and applying the same formula to each claim.
    Feinberg said he doesn’t expect an increasingly critical Gulf Coast to take his word for it.

    "I’m not asking you to accept it on faith," he said during a today phone interview. "I know I don’t have a great deal of credibility down there right now. But hopefully the changes will be recognized in the next few days and weeks."

    Bert Sanders, an accountant with Gulf Shores-based Grant, Sanders & Taylor PC, said that the change should help, although he’ll reserve judgment until business owners start telling him they’re getting meaningful checks.
    For example, he said, one of his clients operates two branches of the same restaurant, one in Gulf Shores and the other in Orange Beach. The Gulf Shores eatery got 85 percent of the amount it requested from Feinberg, while the Orange Beach location got 60 percent.
    "There’s no rational way to explain that," Sanders said. "It indicates to me that the process is fundamentally flawed."

    BP banking on a southern accent. I wonder if BP and the Brits will ever come to realize it wasn't Hayward's British accent that infuriated Americans—it was killing our people, trashing our environment and not giving a rat's patootie or doing a danged thing to change their evil ways.

    Once the most swaggering energy enterprise, BP has been brought low by the Gulf of Mexico well blowout and by the Texas City refinery fire, Alaskan pipeline spills and propylene trading probes. All these dismal events have happened in America, where roughly 25% of the production and 40% of the company's profits are made and where BP's name has been most devastatingly trampled by politicians and public alike.

    Dudley is as well positioned as anyone – and certainly better placed than Slough-born Hayward – to do this, not least because he speaks with a familiar southern-state inflection that plays well with the home crowd.

    Alabama Department of Public Health reports 268 people have sought treatment for ailments thought to be oil-related.

    Fifty-seven of the patients complaining of oil-caused symptoms were exposed via inhalation, 39 by contact, 5 through ingestion, 9 patients reported multiple exposures, and 158 were exposed indirectly, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

    Direct exposures are exposures to oil or oil by-products through contact, inhalation or ingestion, according to public health officials. Indirect exposures occur because of other circumstances associated with the oil spill.

    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 Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 02:17:25 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the update. (17+ / 0-)

    "We are all New Orleans now."--Barbara O'Brien Economic -7.88 Social -6.97

    by Louisiana 1976 on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 03:21:33 AM PDT

  •  Tipped and rec'ed nt (16+ / 0-)

    The T/GOBP party is the destroyer of the middle class and of America on behalf of their corporate masters.

    by a2nite on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 04:06:15 AM PDT

  •  I will not refrain this time -- THANK YOU all. (19+ / 0-)

    Thank you all so very very VERY much for every moment you have spent holding vigil, providing information, digging down, giving us and each other emotional support through the horror and the aftermath -- all of it.  From the first Mothership, to this last.  

    I have refrained from ever commenting in them, only rec'd them and commented here and there in the ROV's -- but as the longest running Mothership sequence in DKos history (i feel quite sure of?), you take a special honor and place.

    And while i understand the reasons for changing the format, i cannot say it does not make me a little bit sad to see this end, not have the dependable Mothership to always go to to see what is happening with the Gulf.

    But -- i am glad it continues in some form with the "Gulf Watchers" diaries, and i do hope to see many of those on the Reclist as well.  It continues to matter so very much, in so very many ways.

    "Thank you" will never be enough of a word to all of you for all you have done.  But -- Thank You each of you so very much.  (And my eyes well up as i write that...)


  •  Thank you, pera (15+ / 0-)

    For all you have done over these last several months, including your devotion to the Mothership and for these wonderful tip jar summaries.

    Thank you to the ROV diarists who regularly gave up their time and effort to post and maintain the ROV diaries, many of which ran over twelve hours at a time.

    Thank you to all the Gulf Watchers who contributed their knowledge, their observations, their time, and their support of this series of liveblogs.

    Finally, an enormous thank you to everyone here at dkos who supported the efforts of the Gulf Watchers with their tips and recommendations.

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

    by gulfgal98 on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 05:48:38 AM PDT

  •  peraspera, i read your tipjar (13+ / 0-)

    compilations religiously.  they are by far the best source of information about the evolving status of the gulf out there.  reading in the company of family this weekend it saddens me to realize how much they don't know and how representative they are of most of this country.  i have become that much more sanguine about everything - the gulf, healthcare, afghanistan, iraq, torture, net neutrality, privacy rights, the media - in the last year.  i am tired of fighting with "my own" who are willing to accept "we didn't have the votes."  i wonder if now too, we will be pushed to accept the word of noaa and the fda.  thank you for continuing to write these updates.  i know we are reaching an end point, and it is understandable and reasonable, but i will miss your work and be watching for it.

  •  Goodbye to the Mothership. (11+ / 0-)

    Without peraspera there may have been no Mothership for this long, long time and there certainly would not have been wonderful, detailed synopses like the ones she has written.

    These tip jar synopses have helped the Gulf. Peraspera has been unfailing in her tireless work for a very long time.

    My thank you is inadequate but the fact that you have done so much good in the world, at this time when there has been pain for so many people should live in your heart, and ours, forever. With deepest respect. rubyr

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

    by rubyr on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 08:22:38 AM PDT

  •  All you guys, I just don't know how to thank you. (6+ / 0-)

    You have been so vigilant, thoughtful, thought provoking, informative and respectful.  You have learned and we have learned with you. True models of care for our planet.

    The compiled information in your Motherships and Diaries is invaluable, I do hope you all will be able to archive all of these. You never know.  

    The tag "eKos" which you have been using, may be of some help in keeping some of this in a library.  The tagged diaries will be in the Earthship Library.

    Thank you again, deeply.

    "Never, desist till we ... extinguish this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, will scarce believe that it suffered a disgrace and dishonor to this country.

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 09:54:18 AM PDT

  •  Heartfelt thanks, Peraspera...and Gulf Watchers (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peraspera, ursoklevar

    I do not have the words to convey how much your dedication has meant. The information and the camaraderie were second to none. Suffice it to say I'm grateful beyond words. More tears... Sigh.

    The horizon is always receding. -- attr. Van Cliburn

    by CindyMax on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 05:53:48 PM PDT

  •  Yes, heartfelt thanks to those that have kept (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peraspera, ursoklevar

    this going. It's been an invaluable resource. And obviously since the media has "moved on", I'm looking forward to the new incarnation so keep everyone informed as to what is really going on.

    "I have ferrets with fins" - African Cichlids. And 3 pooties too! Ren, Stimpy (15 yrs) and Rocky (3 yrs)

    by mrsgoo on Sun Sep 26, 2010 at 07:14:29 PM PDT

  •  Mothership = Information liferaft in a Sea of (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peraspera, ursoklevar

    Thanks to all....

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, US AG

    by Mr SeeMore on Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 12:14:53 AM PDT

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