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You are in the current BP disaster ROV, number 162. Number 161 is here.

Please DO NOT Rec this diary, rather REC THE MOTHERSHIP instead. She needs your love to stay afloat.

Please be kind to kossacks with bandwidth issues. Please do not post images or videos. Again, many thanks for this.

PLEASE visit Crashing Vor and Pam LaPier's diaries 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!
For a description of the mothership/ROV liveblogging process, check out this thread.
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Must read: Lax Oversight Seen in Failure of Oil Rig's Last Line of Defense.  Watch video and interactive graphic page, too.   Best overview of how the BOP works, and doesn't work, and the management interference that caused the accident.


Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Reference Material
 - from Whitis is the best source for everything.. The quantitative data diary has also been moved there.
Please DO NOT Rec this diary, Rec the Mothership here.

BP put up a video explaining the LMRP procedure and the future plans.

Go to the Deepwater Horizon Data Summary for a wealth of actual data from the Department of Energy.

The BOP and pressure drawings are viewable here.  The CAD drawings come highly recommended by the techies among us.  h/t Claudius Bombarnac.

Breaking News and new links:
This is what BP DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE.  The following images are guaranteed to make you SICK AT HEART.
These images are not for the faint of heart - DO NOT VIEW THEM LIGHTLY.
Really, I mean it. Hold somebody's hand. Grab a tissue.
A brief reference guide to nicknames you may see in the ROV diaries:
  • Gertrude, aka Gerty:  the oil volcano
  • Lizzy:  the diamond saw cutter
  • Clampy:  the cute ROV
  • Crunchy:  30 ft shear. bit the pipe, now a movie star
  • Wanda: the dispersant sprayer
  • laundry basket:  yellow thing that brings things up and down
  • Thingy: those things, you know, those things
  • Shiny Thing: those really neat things
  • Ms. Blanche Flo, aka Blanche, aka Flo: the manifold thingy
cosmic debris put together a comprehensive list of links on oil health and safety info:
Thanks to dov12348 for publishing a diary on Oil Terminology.
Here is a tutorial on the sources of pressure on the well
H/t to Pluto for finding this:
The official casing configuration under the wellhead.



The initial approach above will be followed by open hole and drill pipe magnetic ranging. After they get within 5 feet of the blown out well's lower casing they will ream, case and cement the relief well prior to reaming through the blown well's casing. (Photos from The Oil Drum)

An audio and slide presentation from Kent Wells is available.

The video feeds we are watching:
== ROV Feeds ===
44287/44668 - OceanInterventionROV1
44838/45135 - OceanInterventionROV2
46566/54013 - Viking_Poseidon_ROV1
55030/56646 - Viking_Poseidon_ROV2
31499/31500 - Boa_Deep_C_ROV_1
22458/23729 - Boa_Deep_C_ROV_2
45685/49182 - Skandi_ROV1
45683/45684 - Skandi_ROV2
47175/21144 - Enterprise_ROV_1
21145/21327 - Enterprise_ROV_2
37235/37270 - Q4000_ROV1
35523/35624 - Q4000_ROV2

Possibly outdated or redundant links (from The Oil Drum):
46245 - BP "Official" #1 (primary)
46260 - BP "Official" #2 (secondary)
46661 - BP mystery feed #1
46663 - BP mystery feed #2

Restricted to web browser based viewing:
CNN Video Streams Note: multi-view is sometimes unavailable.
PBS (fewer security issues than some others)
BP videos Links to all available live feeds from BP.
WKRG - Mobile/Pensacola (Contains link for an iPhone app at the bottom.)
ABC 7 Chicago Live Video Multiple ROV Camera Views (h/t to temptxan for the great find).

Multiple stream feeds (hard on browser/bandwidth):
The best multi-view feed Be patient as load time may take a bit.
Markey's multi-view page
Lusty's multi-feed page (originally created by papicek, but a huge improvement made by Lusty, who also kindly hosts it :^)
Vote For America's awesome clickable multi-view Courtesy of one of our very own Kossacks.
A multi-view Contains feeds from BP, C-SPAN-2, WKRG, and PBS
High-def video feeds
See this thread for more info on using video feeds and on linking to video feeds.

Again, to keep bandwidth down please do not post images or videos.

Links, courtesy of several Kossacks

Previous liveblog ROV diaries:
Gulf Watchers ROV # 161 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Gulf Watchers ROV # 160 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Gulf Watchers ROV # 159 - Yasuragi
Gulf Watchers Liveblog ROV # 158 - politik
Gulf Watchers ROV # 156 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/Dave PA
Gulf Watchers ROV # 156 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - bubbanomics
Gulf Watchers ROV # 155 - Darryl House
Gulf Watchers ROV # 154 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Hester
Gulf Watchers ROV # 153 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight
Gulf Watchers ROV #152, John Muir Edition -David Kroning II
Gulf Watchers Liveblog ROV 151 - gchaucer2

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

This is where you want to be for discussion, worrying, tearing up, and caring for each other.  It's also where you're welcome to be angry and scream and curse and cry and rant at the criminal negligence and greed that have brought us all together.  Most importantly, though, it's where we can learn from those kossaks among us (I'll not name names for abject fear of leaving one of you out, but you know who you are.) who bring the light of knowledge - sometimes with heat, sometimes without it - and teach us about what's happening beneath our Gulf of Mexico.  On a personal note, I'll ask you to please be kind to each other in our little boats.  There's enough hurt going on outside without bringing it here.
A Small Cottage on St. George Island

Fourteen years ago, my husband and I bought a very small cottage on St. George Island, which is a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachee Bay in north Florida.  This was back in the days when interior properties on the island were sold at similar prices to those on the mainland and before St. George Island became a speculative frenzy of large rental homes.

The house we bought had been owned by friends of ours who had used it for years as a weekend home.  It was inland from both the Gulf and the Bay on a dirt road in an area away from the Gulf front rental homes.  Even though the road was sparsely populated, the majority of homes on it were occupied by full time residents and it had a stability that was lacking along the beachfront properties.

We bought the cottage as a place to get away on the weekends, and being less than 90 miles from Tallahassee where we lived and worked, it was perfect.  Our goal in the beginning was to spend two weekends a month down on the island.  What happened in reality was that we spent nearly every weekend down there.

My husband was self employed and I worked in local government.  My hours at that time were 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. So every Thursday evening, I would pack up the groceries for the weekend and a bag for myself.  On Friday, I would take two changes of clothing into work.  One was for when my husband came to pick me up from work to head to the island.  The second change of clothing I left in my cubicle, and was for the following Monday morning when I returned into work from the island.  

Every Monday morning, we would leave the island between 5 and 5:30 am to head east into the sunrise and back to Tallahassee. My husband would drop me off at work and I would grab my change of clothes that I had left in my cubicle and change in the hall bathroom.  By 7 am, I was dressed and ready for work.  

Often weekends on the island were hectic with the noise from the rentals.  But it was the Sunday nights on the island that we lived for. The rentals were all empty by then and it was so quiet and relaxing. I loved the simplicity of that very small cottage and the quiet solitude of the Sunday nights there when the only sounds we would hear were the crickets chirping.  To this day, it is my favorite house I ever lived in, regardless of location. And it was such a good life then.

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Originally posted to gulfgal98 on Thu Jul 01, 2010 at 07:14 AM PDT.

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