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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #361 - Waiting for Liftoff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi

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To repeat: please refrain from commenting in this mothership diary - it only serves to point people in the right direction.

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.

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.

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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
21233/31218 - Boa Sub C's ROV 1
31219/33627 - Boa Sub C's ROV 2
45685/49182 - Skandi Neptune's ROV 1 (Hercules 14)
45683/45684 - Skandi Neptune's ROV 2 (Hercules 6)
47175/21144 - Discoverer Enterprise's ROV 1
21145/21327 - Discoverer Enterprise's ROV 2
37235/37270 - Q4000's ROV 1
35523/35624 - Q4000's ROV 2
41434/41436 - Olympic Challenger's ROV 1
40788/40789 - Olympic Challenger's ROV 2
30948/35246 - HOS Achiever's ROV 1
35461/36301 - HOS Achiever's ROV 2

46245/46260 - BP "Official" feed.

58061/59421 - Q4000's Moon Pool Below Deck will be the first camera to show the old BOP aboard the Q4000.
22506/23753 - Q4000's Moon Pool Upper Deck will also show the old BOP when it is brought up.
23866/30077 - Q4000's Weight indicator will show the stress being used to lift the BOP.

Restore the Gulf.gov has put up a government sponsored multi-feed.
Bobo's lightweight ROV Multi-feed: A great low impact multi-view page
Once the best multi-view feed
BP Video Feed
CNN multi camera view
PBS This PBS feed is security compliant.
BP videos - Links to all available live feeds from BP
WKRG - Mobile/Pensacola (contains link for an iPhone app at the bottom)
ABC News
A multi-view with feeds from BP, C-SPAN-2, WKRG, and PBS
Vote For America's awesome clickable multi-view

Links, courtesy of several Kossacks

Liveblog diaries
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #361 - Waiting for Liftoff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #360 - Flying Monkeys - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #359 - BOP is on Deck - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #358 - BOP Surfacing - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #357 - BOP Surfacing watch - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Wee Mama
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #356 - Damaged BOP Recovery - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #355 - Lifting Day Redux Part Trois - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - by Wee Mama
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #354 - Lifting Day Redux Part Deux - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #353 - Lifting Day Redux - BP's Gulf Catastrophe- Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #352 - Stack blown; BOP next - BP's Gulf Catastrophe- David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #351 - BOP Changing Day #2 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #350 - BOP Changing Day - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #349 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #348 - Waiting on Weather - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #347 - Wishin' and Hopin' - BP's Gulf Catastroph - KHowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #346 - Watching and Waiting - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight / Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #345 - Hurry up and wait - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #344 - Broken Handle & Stack Removal - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #343 - Stack removal is due - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #342 - Prepping for the BOP removal - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #341 - Disassembling Stuff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #340 - BOP Swapping - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #339 - Removals... BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #338 - As the anniversary approaches - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - khowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #337 - Perpetual fishin' - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #336 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - KHowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #335 - Waiting for a Fishin' Safari? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulfgal98
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #334 - More Waiting... - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight/peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #333 - Waiting... - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #332 -  BP's Gulf Catastrophe - khowell
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #330 - Cantankerous ram - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #329 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - greenbird
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #328 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - khowell

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 05, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT.

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  •  A huge thank you to the Daily Kos community (57+ / 0-)

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

    They started bringing up the damaged BOP two nights ago but delayed bringing it up all the way until last night. That allowed the highly combustible hydrates to melt and to be flushed so as to not pose a fire hazard onboard the Q4000.

    Yesterday evening they pulled the damaged BOP into the Q4000's lower moonpool. (Seven and a half minute real actual speed video here and screenshot here) After considerable time getting things ready on deck they pulled the BOP up onto the Q4000's upper moonpool. (8x four minute video here and screenshot here)

    Thad Allen gave a briefing yesterday. His previous one was on was September 1. Allen summarized what has been done so far and what future steps will be taken.

    Thad Allen:  Thank you, Jeff, and good afternoon.  Well I'm pleased to announce as you know that we successfully changed out the Blow Out Preventers on the Macondo Well.
    I'm about to give a status on each of the individual segments associated with and I'd be glad to take any questions you have for me after that.  As you know we successfully removed the capping stack with the Discoverer Enterprise followed by the removal of the Blow Out Preventer and the spooling tool from the Macondo well yesterday.
    Over the last 24 plus hours, as you know, the Blow Out Preventer has been slowly brought to the surface.  To give you an idea of how that is working for those of you that have not been out to Q4000 or been able to see how this works.
    The latching device that was used to recover the Blow Out Preventer is actually a drill string, and as the Blow Out Preventer is brought to the surface they have to disconnect the pieces of the drill string the pipe and store it as they bring it up.
    So, on the Q4000, what happens on deck up there is rather complicated.  They’re raising the pipe up disconnecting it and storing the pipe as they slowly bring the Blow Out Preventer to the surface.
    Currently, the Blow Out Preventer is about 500 feet below the surface.  They are flushing out the Blow Out Preventer right now to deal with any potential hydrates that might still be in Blow Out Preventer and also they are arranging to take the Blow Out Preventer on deck.
    As you can imagine with the drill pipe and everything else, it is quite a complicated procedure for actually bringing the Blow Out Preventer up and staging it.
    When they are ready to bring the Blow Out Preventer into the Q4000 it will be raised by a very high derrick on deck.  Once it is secured on deck they will accentually [sic] at that point lift the Lower Marine Riser Package off with a crane on the Q4000 and hold it in the air while the Blow Out Preventer is moved laterally off to the side and secured.  Once that is done the Lower Marine Riser Package will then be deployed and secured on deck.
    Once secured on deck, the Blow Out Preventer Lower Marine Riser Package will then be transported by the Q4000 closer to shore where both Lower Marine Riser Package and Blow Out Preventer will be transferred to other vessels for transfer to the area where the Blow Out Preventer will be taken into custody and at that point will be part of the evidence material that’s been required by the joint investigative team, and this whole thing has been done under the supervision of the Department of Justice.
    There are law enforcement personnel onboard the vessel supervising each step and has it documented as well as documented with ROV coverage.  At the well itself we have continued to monitor the well and there have been no anomalies associated with the well.
    We have continued to conduct surveillance with ROVs and sensors that are actually on the well head.  Development Driller II has placed a new Blow Out Preventer on the well head.  They are flushing fluids through the Blow Out Preventer and they are replacing the riser pipe.
     When they deployed the new Blow Out Preventer on the well, they had what's called a perforated riser pipe.
    That was to allow the escape of fluids should that be needed if there was a problem with pressure.  It was not needed.  So that is removed.  And they will cycle a new riser pipe down which will create the complete functionality of the riser pipe connect to the BOP to this well as if it were a functioning well itself with the BOP on top.
    At that point, in fact, where we are at now with the new BOP on the well is we basically have secured this well as we would any well that was under production and then being closed out with a kill.
    There is cement in the well casing itself.  There's a Blow Out Preventer that has been pressure tested on top.  And we have essentially eliminated the threat of discharge from the well at this point.
    There's a series of events that will be taking place throughout the next several days that actually create a transition from controlling the source of the spill to what they call plugging an abandonment which is a regulatory term used by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in supervising how a well is put into a reserve status.
    ...
    Kristen Hays:  Yes, hi Admiral.  I've got two questions.  When do you think drilling will resume on the relief well and do you have any concerns about the thunderstorms kicking up in the far southwest part of the Gulf?
    Thad Allen:  Well we're continuing to watch those thunderstorms.  And I might add I just got a note that the capping stack is safely secured above on the Discoverer Enterprise.  In response to your question, we need to reinstall the riser pipe to the Blow Out Preventer and at that point there are some diagnostics that will be attempted to further understand the condition of the well.
    At that point BP will present a way forward.  It will be renewed by the science team in conjunction with the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management.  And we will make a decision on the next couple of steps.
    We will be in a position as we go into the next week to begin the relief well.  But we will make sure that any steps that are necessary before that will be taken and coordinated with BOEM.
     So, we're in a period here where we're kind of moving with two coordinating structures and making sure we both understand what's going on moving forward.
    But we should be ready to move forward with the relief well again sometime this next week.  What I would hope once we get the BOP on deck finish the riser installation.  We will give you a firm timeline.  But I'd like to hold off right now until we get all that information completed.

    There are many conflicting scientific findings regarding the use of dispersants.

    This jumble of findings has led to disagreement among experts that might be resolved by careful analysis of real-life cleanups, which hardly ever happens, said Larry McKinney, executive director of Texas A&M University's Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Funding for such studies "waxes and wanes with oil spills, but never seems to follow through," McKinney said. Many investigations were launched after the Ixtoc spill to explore the effects of dispersed oil, he added.

    But funding, and science, dried up when the well did.

    Coastal erosion has scattered the native Houma to the winds and now it looks like their medicinal plants may also be disappearing courtesy of BP.

    Much of the land of the native Houma people is now underwater, and after the oil spill, one healer's great-grandson fears that the traditional plants once used to save the ill will soon be lost too.

    Jason Pitre grew up hearing stories of how his great-grandfather healed babies on the cusp of death using herbs and plants found along Louisiana's bayous. The tribal healer, or traiteur, was known by the native Houma people for his potions and salves that seemed to treat any sickness.

    Now, the traditional herbs are in danger, Pitre said, threatened by decades of coastal erosion, hurricanes and development that have crept up on Golden Meadow in Bayou Lafourche, where many members of the United Houma Nation once lived.

    "A lot of the plants that my great-grandfather used and that my grandfather grew up with are no longer there," he said. "It's a matter of time before more and more of them disappear."

    Check out the latest news in the most recent ROV diary and join us for comments and questions.

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    We watch, so all will know.

    by Gulf Watchers on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 02:59:23 AM PDT

  •  Excellent diary Gulf Watchers (9+ / 0-)

    "Nothing is more American than bribing people." fellow kossack kid funkadelic

    by J Brunner Fan on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 06:47:47 AM PDT

  •  Thanks so much yet again, Gulf Watchers. (6+ / 0-)

    Nice summary.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 08:29:21 AM PDT

  •  Many thanks, as always, GWs, N/T. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, BlackSheep1, peraspera, gulfgal98, rja

    "That story is not worth the paper it's rotten on."--Dorothy Parker

    by martyc35 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 10:33:02 AM PDT

  •  Gulf Watchers....as usual, a wonderful tip jar. (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, peraspera, gulfgal98

    I hope that the medicinal plants of the Houma tribe can be restored. In Louisiana there is a deep belief in herbal healing. So much of South Louisiana culture has taken hit after hit over many years. The people are strong and the land and the water are strong if corporations and hurricanes would just leave them be, so that they have time to heal.

    Thank you, GWers, for everything.

    "Winter downpour~~ Even the monkey~~ Needs a raincoat." Basho

    by rubyr on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 12:22:11 PM PDT

  •  Outstanding summary in the tip jar (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, BlackSheep1, peraspera

    Thank you so much for giving us such an incredible recap of each day's (and night's) work on the Macondo well.

    There's no such thing as undead. Either it's dead or it's not. Either it's plugged or it's not. It's not.--Fishgrease

    by gulfgal98 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 12:49:39 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rubyr, BlackSheep1, peraspera

    for those videos of the BOP being brought up. I truly enjoy seeing the "chain of command" followed.

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