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You are in the current BP disaster ROV, number 101. Number 100 is here.

Little did I know when I typed this:

I'm volunteering to help with the (4+ / 0-)
mothership idea Garrett posted above.  I'm not sure of the logistics, but my PM is in my profile, and I'll do whatever's needed to help make this more accessible for people - the thread's getting long now and harder to get through, especially for people on dialup or wanting to keep up on mobile browsers.

"Katrina was no puddle and this is not a leak." Inspired by Another American Lie

by khowell on Wed May 26, 2010 at 06:01:32 PM CDT
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That I'd be doing the hundred-and-first as well.  This has been one crazy ride, and I've really enjoyed "meeting" you all. Thanks to all the ROV pilots, the Mothership tenders, the commentators, and the just-cruising-by-ers.  You're a great community, and you've been invaluable to this coast girl whose heart breaks a little more every day this thing goes on.


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.

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:
Here is an excellent image of what is supposed to exist under the wellhead. Take the comments from Halliburton with a grain of salt since this is part of their "blame those two" PR campaign.

Images giving a rough idea of what's in place now and status of the kill wells

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 (BP player shows wrong feed)
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
papicek's multi-feed page
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


Since we have so many talented writers and poets (you know I'm looking at you, Arthur Poet) I thought you might like to be involved in this project.

Poets for Living Waters

Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begun on April 20, 2010, one of the most profound human-made ecological catastrophes in history.
The first law of ecology states that everything is connected to everything else. An appreciation of this systemic connectivity suggests a wide range of poetry will offer a meaningful response to the current crisis, including work that harkens back to Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing regional effects.

Please submit 1-3 poems, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to:


I was home for a short time this weekend - too short, really.  I felt like I needed to be there for the funeral of my Dad's last uncle, in spite of the 14 hours on the road, the gas used, all the rest of my usual concerns about travelling home.  But in a way, being home this weekend was a good thing as well.  While I wouldn't get in the Sound right now if Halfwit Haley wrote me a personal check, I didn't mind walking along on damp sand, ruining the BP-green with black tips pedicure that so distressed my Momma.

As mentioned last night in an ROV, I spent a couple of hours plundering through one of my Dad's bookshelves.  Nestled in with his dog-eared copies of the Hanon and Czerny Scales and Etudes, stacks of Chopin and Brahms and Beethoven, there were at least two boxes of random stuff that only I could've found interesting - really - I'm the crazy left-wing tree-hugger in my family.  There were articles by Robert Saplovsky, the aforementioned copy of "Cold Turkey" by Vonnegut, and a handful of mostly unintelligible charcoals of animals?, clouds?, or waves, maybe, sketched while sprawled in the sun on Horn.  Nestled in with those random smudges of black were a couple of photographs.  One in particular, I was ecstatic to find.

This must've been my first trip on the Swetman.  I was ... fourteen, I think.  I'd been on boats before, but they were smallish jobs, only once or twice on saltwater, and never with a bunch of other people's children who were my responsibility.  I was beyond terrified, not of the water or of the sails, but of having the kids on the water.  

But - in my memory, at least, that day was perfect.  Hot as Hades, but those things didn't bother me then as they do now.  I wish I could have had a few of those hours back when I was home this past weekend: air clean and salty-humid, the spotted glasses and sticky, salty, sweaty, sunscreen-y patina of the ocean, an afternoon spent walking Front and East beaches in Ocean Springs and cleaning up the beaches there.  I'm nostalgic for those childhood memories, yes - but I'm more heartsick that as it looks now, I won't even be able to approximate them.


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.


Previous liveblog ROV diaries:
BP Oilpocalypse ROV #100: Thanks to the crew and remember! - tomtech
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 99 - politik
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 98 - peraspera
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 97 - Yasuragi
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 96 - gchaucer2
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 95 - alkalinesky
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 94 - yawnimawke
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 93 - conchita
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 92 - Darryl House
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 91 - Yasuragi
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 90 - joanneleon
BP Oilpocalypse Liveblog ROV 89 - papicek
For a more complete list of Liveblog diaries, see the current mothership.

Bandwidth Warning: NO IMAGES and NO VIDEOS. Readers who are on DIALUP will thank you!

Originally posted to khowell on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 03:23 PM PDT.

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