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You are in the current BP disaster ROV, number 179. Number 178 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.

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.

Jeff Masters of Weather Underground posted his take on the effects of a hurricane passing through the Gulf and making landfall.

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.

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

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)

Audio, slides presentation, and a transcript from Kent Wells' 6-28 briefing 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:
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #178 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Khowell/alkalinesky
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #177 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight / Peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #176 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #175 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - We Want Change
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #174 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight / Peraspera
Gulf Watchers ROV # 173 -  Special 4th Of July Crabbing Edition - Khowell / Pam LaPier
Gulf Watchers ROV # 172 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Pam LaPier
Gulf Watchers ROV # 171 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Gulf Watchers ROV # 170 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe -Yasuragi
Gulf Watchers ROV # 169 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight / Peraspera
Gulf Watchers ROV # 168 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - CindyMax
Gulf Watchers ROV # 167 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Gulf Watchers ROV # 166 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Gulf Watchers ROV # 165 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yawnimawk
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #164 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Darryl House

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

We are here.
We are watching.
Years from now,
if anyone asks,
we will tell them:
We were there.

Maybe it will not matter.
Maybe nothing matters.
But if we throw up our hands now,
maybe someday,
years from now,
we will ask ourselves,
why did we not at least keep watch,
why did we not?

Maybe someday, some of us
will talk with someone younger,
and tell of the time we watched.
Maybe that someone younger
will try harder next time,
will do more next time,
the time we watched.

-- bigjacbigjacbigjac

We're all stunned and horrified by this disaster. Huddling with good people to calculate the damage and monitor progress, have a laugh when we can, share the sorrow we feel, and learn a lot in the process... That's what I'm really here for.

This is how I best cope. And if it turns out to be a useful thing to others, then that's great.


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.

We all come here for different reasons: some for the technical aspect, some for the cultural, and others for the biological.  Many of us are here for all three, and in the millions of words written and read since 26 May, we’ve come to have a sense of family.  As you’re here today, I ask you to remember that we’re all on the same team.  We’re all brokenhearted, and I’d wager that many of us are more than a little lost in all the technical information – or at least we were until we came here.  We’ll disagree, we’ll argue, and we may well throw our hands up in the air and leave, but this effort is bigger than any fraction of the group.  We’ve come this far, and as one voice in the chorus, I’d like to say that I hope we can see this through to the end.

Thank you for being here.  You're all integral to this operation - from the lurking reader to the biologist, the chemist, the grease monkey, the technician, and the multi-degreed petro-science whatchamacallit.  This is a community in which our primary objective is to share pertinent information, and you're all important in making the community whole.  Please don't forget that as you share things here.

In deepest respect, and in peace,


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

Originally posted to Yasuragi on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 05:56 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Good Morning , ROV'rs (9+ / 0-)

    I have been away for the better part of the last few days and need to catch up on the progress of the work down below.  Thank you all for continuing to watch and document this disaster and the work to finally kill this rogue well.

    I am not sure if this was covered in the last two days, so I apologize if it has already been discussed.  In today's paper there was an article about all the abandoned oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.  The sheer number of them was shocking.

  •  Spiritual rec, Yas (11+ / 0-)

    and good morning, all.  I've been offline for days because my 88 year old friend was here for the holiday weekend +.  Her father built the cottage I stay in during the summer (now owned by her son).  I was being entertained by a mazillion old stories about the place -- and have missed all news.  

    "We think the truth is bad enough. It obviously is." -- Fishgrease

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 05:13:12 AM PDT

  •  META - Calling for next (6+ / 0-)

    We'll need a new wee boat in a bit - does anyone here have an interest in taking it?  I'll be glad to help shepherd any new posters through the process if you're wanting to take a dip and donate a diary.

    We'd like for the next diary to go up around 300 comments - that's not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline.

    A new diarist would need to stick around to tend comments, or ask someone else to host for you.

    As for updating links from the Mothership, it looks like several are around who can take care of that for you as well.

    I'll take it without reservation if needed.

    We'll also need a status update.  I know Kimberley has been helping with those, and there are a handful of others who can both watch and artfully interpret the ROV feeds.  Any new information would be greatly appreciated!

    And good morning, ROVers!

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

    by khowell on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 05:54:51 AM PDT

  •  WARNING: Bad telemetry (8+ / 0-)

    The Skandi ROVs are providing bad latitude and longitude telemetry. Have been for days. Case in point - ROV1 is tightly clutching Gertrude, but her telemetry puts her over half a mile away. ROV 2 is sitting perfectly still near the tool bin, but her telemetry is jumping around by 25 feet per update (updates roughly once a second).

  •  META I can take # 180 (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, Wee Mama, peraspera, Yasuragi

    if peraspera is unavailable.  It is ready, but can be modified for # 181 if necessary.  Awaiting confirmation.

    "We think the truth is bad enough. It obviously is." -- Fishgrease

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 06:31:18 AM PDT

  •  META: khowell, my goal is to have the html (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, peraspera, Yasuragi

    text of the organic chemistry diary to you by noon CDT. I hope that is enough time that it could be used for a special guest diary Thursday. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday would all work for me so just let me know which to expect.

    It should be one block of text, right? Not an intro and body like an ordinary diary?

  •  META (5+ / 0-)

    ROV diary #180 is here

    "We think the truth is bad enough. It obviously is." -- Fishgrease

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 06:46:23 AM PDT

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