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You are in the current BP disaster ROV, number 198. Number 197 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, a slide 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
Discovery Inspiration's ROV1 (24951)
HOS Adventure ROV1
HOS Adventure ROV2
Olympic Challenger's ROV1
Olympic Challenger's 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 #198 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - gulfgal98

Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #197 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - khowell

Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #196 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #195 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Ekyprogressive
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #194 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - CindyMax

Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #193 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Kimberley
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #192 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #191 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #190 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Twilight On The Beach Edition - Pam LaPier
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #189 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV # 188 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV # 187 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Darryl House
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV # 186 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - khowell

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

  We Are 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,
  remembering
  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.

Kimberley

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. - khowell

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St. George Island sits on the south side of the Apalachee Bay, four miles off the mainland Gulf coast of north Florida.  Much of this area is very rural and the largest town is Apalachicola.  St. George Island is the largest and most developed of four barrier islands that protect the Bay and is the only one that is accessible by automobile.  Two of the other islands, Cape St. George (or Little St. George Island) and St. Vincent Island, are uninhabited wildlife refuges that are only accessible by boat.  The fourth island, Dog Island is under private ownership and contains a number of homes, but is only accessible by ferry.

Originally, ferry was the only way to access St. George Island also. In 1965, the first autombile access to the island was provided when the island causeway bridge was completed.  Originally, it was a toll road and and later the toll booths were removed and access was free.    

Not long after the causeway bridge was completed, birds began nesting on the causeway.  The bird nesting populations were huge, and consisted of several species of terns, laughing gulls, and oytercatchers.  Nearly every square inch of sand on the causeway was populated by bird nests, and juvenile birds would often wander onto the roadway.  When I lived on the island, I dreaded what I called "dead bird" season.  During nesting season, local boy scouts erected temporary soft mesh barriers along the causeway to protect the nests, but young birds still wandered onto the pavement.  Even though the posted speed limit during nesting season was 15 miles per hour, many people ignored it and sped right through the causeway area, killing numerous birds.  The carnage was horrific and the smell was over powering.

The causeway system was also problematic because of the tidal surges in the Bay often caused it to become flooded in even minor storms.  For major storm event, the island had to be evacuated well in advance because the bridge was often shut down well in advance due to heavy waves crashing over the causeway.  In 2002, the state of Florida let bids for a new bridge to replace the old causeway bridge.  The new bridge was to be a single span of four miles in length, the third longest in Florida.  It was also to be elevated several feet above the old bridge to accommodate storm tides.

In planning for the new bridge, the state moved its new location several hundred feet west of the old causeway bridge.  After much negotiation with local residents, both on the mainland and on the island, the state agreed to keep a portion of the old bridge on each end for use as fishing piers.  Finally, in response to environmental concerns, the state had the contractor remove the remaining bridge spans and all pilings, along with the pavement from the causeway.  The causeway was to remain to protect the nesting grounds of all the seabirds that had been using it for the previous forty years.  The old causeway is now designated as a Critical Wildlife Area by the state of Florida where seabirds nest in peace.

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Originally posted to gulfgal98 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 02:27 PM PDT.

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