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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #369 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe -Tomtech

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PLEASE visit Pam LaPier's diary 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!

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

Must see: I received a set of links to the massive video library collected by Josef Gerbils of The Oil Drum.

Deepwater Horizon BlowOut & Oil Spill:
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut II
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut III
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut IV
Those include many videos from our crew and others.

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.

Six Steps that Doomed the Rig is an excellent graphic from the New Orleans Times Picayune.

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.

The reason for this setup is that it prevents the recommended list from being filled up with many diaries on the same topic. Instead just the mothership will appear on the rec list where everybody can find it, which they can use to navigate to the latest discussion. (That's why we are asked to "rec" the mothership but not the other diaries, just reduces confusion.)

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
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.

36825/36826 direct feed - BOP-o-Scope

Restore the 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 #369 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe -Tomtech
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #368 - Staring into the BOP- BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Gulf Watchers Overnight
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #367 - Waiting for Lots of Stuff - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #366 - Waiting for the Kill - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - peraspera
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #365 - LMRP has Landed - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Tomtech (is 50)
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #364 - Where's the BOP? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #363 - Heave ho; heave again - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #362 - Liftoff? - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
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

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 Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 02:59 AM PDT.

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  •  As always, many thanks to the Daily Kos community (37+ / 0-)

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

    In Thad Allen's briefing yesterday he outlined a two step kill process that they will be using to permanently kill the Macondo well. It is disappointing the the final kill will be delayed, however, since they now have a fully functional BOP on the well they can afford the time to be extra cautious and thoughtful.

    Tomtech nudged Allen about the missing Q4000 upper deck feed and the BOP-o-Scope. We got the BOP-o-Scope back but Allen used the excuse of DOJ observer privacy for no upper deck feed. The old BOP and Lower Marine Riser Package is still aboard the Q4000 and they have been using the BOP-o-Scope to inspect them since last evening. We got to see them opening the blind shear rams (1 minute video). Tomtech has a theory about what might have happened based on what we saw. Tomtech posted
    that the places where the oil could have gotten through the rams are at the 1:21 and 2:21 marks in this video.

    From Allen's briefing:

    As we speak this morning, as you know from operations over the weekend, the Q4000 has the Lower Marine Riser Package and Blow Out Preventer (BOP) on deck.  What they have been doing over the last day is separating the Lower Marine Riser Package from the BOP and putting them onto shipping skids that will make them more suitable for transfer and make it safer.

    There have been some delays out there due to weather and the heavy weights that are having to be handled on Q4000, but they will be ready sometime in the next 24 hours to start moving the Q4000.  I would refer any other questions on the ultimate disposition of that to the Department of Justice and the Joint Investigation Team, because at that point, this will cease to be part of the national response that I'm coordinating as the National Incident Commander.

    Development Driller II has landed the BOP, as you know, over the weekend.  They changed out the riser that was used to install it.  They have a new riser latched on, and they are displacing the seawater in that riser with drilling mud at this point.

    The Discoverer Enterprise was the one that recovered the capping stack.  There's the maintenance teams on board there that are preserving the capping stack, and that will be ongoing, as well.

    What we anticipate happening for the next few days is some diagnostics to be conducted on the well itself.  As we prepare to do the final relief well and the final killing actions in the well, we have an opportunity at this point to learn more about the well.

    If you remember, we were anticipating that a drill pipe would likely be suspended below the Blow Out Preventer and might even be adhered to the casing.  As we know that – I mean, the well casing.  That did not happen, so there is some piece of pipe – pieces of pipe that are down in the well right now, so we're in a little bit of a diagnostic phase right now, trying to understand more about what is the current status of the well before our final timeline is released on the intercept.

    That could possibly include a two-part intercept of the well to finally kill it, where they would submit from the top and the bottom through the casing in the well right now.  And if that happens, the two steps would be to actually perforate the casing above the cement that was put in during the static kill and put cement there at the top and then come in from the bottom with the relief well.

    Exactly how that will happen and the options that will be discussed moving forward are actually being developed down in Houston right now.  But in the meantime, they're going to look at the condition of the well and see if they can find out more about the condition of the pipe, location of the pipe, and so forth.
    Question:  Yes, sir.  And just one more.  With no clear timeline, do you mean you don't yet know when drilling will resume?

    Admiral Allen:  Well, there are two different timelines depending on how we would proceed and how long it's going to take them to do the diagnostics.  They're trying to – they want to get as much information as they can from the well right now regarding the condition of the well and the pipe down there.  And so what they're going to do is they're actually going to be doing some diagnostics.

    And depending on how long that takes, this could move us to starting the two-phase process in about a week-and-a-half, or it could be maybe as long as two, two-and-a-half weeks before we did, if they did the longer diagnostic period.  We're waiting for a final timeline from BP to be able to really understand that moving forward, so I don't really want to commit to it here today.  It's still a work in progress.

    Allen also discussed the other response operations. Sadly, but not surprisingly, there is still oil in the marshes.

    Regarding other response operations, we continue to remove boom where it's no longer needed.  After today, there is no longer boom deployed in Florida, Alabama or Mississippi.  We currently have about 1.3 million feet of boom deployed in Louisiana.  That's being removed where it's not needed and being replaced where it is still needed, where we have sorbent boom dealing with oil back in the marshes.

    This is being done in conjunction, in consultation with the parish presidents and the State of Louisiana.  As we move towards our transition plans, it'll leave us a point where we agree on how clean is clean.  That is an ongoing process.  We're revising the plans based on our discussions with the parish presidents, and that will continue.

    We are using vessels of opportunity to redeploy the boom and do boom maintenance where we can.  And that is proceeding, as well.
    The final large effort that's underway right now is an effort to consolidate all of the testing for hydrocarbons in the water column.  As you know, there's been a significant effort by NOAA and EPA and others in the Federal Government to try and understand where the oil is at and the implications of that.  There's also been a lot of work done by private research institutions and Academia.

    In the last week, the Unified Area Command in New Orleans sponsored a series of meetings in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana to brief the academic institutions that are involved with the research out there on how we intend to move forward and try and unify the federal effort with the local efforts to produce the best data architecture we can for trying to understand the presence of hydrocarbons in the Gulf and a way-forward.  This will also position us, I believe, very, very well for the long-term natural resources damage assessment moving forward.  With that, I'd be glad to take your questions.

    BP has published PR document and video that they euphemistically refer to as an internal investigation. Gulfwatcher, sullivanst, bravely waded into the PR morass to extract some tidbits in this thread.

    Salazar will review meet with BP to review their internal investigation and will also be budgeting for more inspectors.

    Salazar also told reporters that he was working on an amendment to the 2011 budget that would provide funding for additional resources at the BOEMRE, including additional inspectors and staff to conduct environmental reviews. Salazar, asked about BP’s internal investigation of the oil spill that was released today, said he is meeting with BP officials later today to discuss the company’s findings.

    Both the New York Times and the Washington Post commented about the BP internal investigation focusing on finger pointing. BP has seemingly perfected the art of blaming their messes on anyone and everyone except their own culture of arrogance and total indifference to anything but their bottom line.


    BP spent months this summer trying to contain the gusher of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Now the company is trying to contain the legal and financial fallout from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, and on Wednesday it released the results of an internal investigation that mostly pointed fingers at other companies.


    BP rolled out the results Wednesday of a four-month internal investigation into the causes of the April 20 blowout of its Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, spreading blame among its contractors and giving a glimpse of the defenses it might deploy in public and in court.

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

    In consideration of those with slow internet connections please refrain from posting embedded graphics, photos or videos. Please post links instead.

    We watch, so all will know.

    by Gulf Watchers on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 02:45:33 AM PDT

  •  Required reading...this tip jar summary! (17+ / 0-)

    Thank you, peraspera, for another outstanding summary of the previous day's events in the tip jar and for tending the Mothership.

    Thank you to all the Gulf Watchers who have continuously followed this disaster and reported their observations on it to the rest of us.

    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 Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 04:55:56 AM PDT

  •  Thanks. (12+ / 0-)

    "It is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize" - Henry David Thoreau

    by blueoregon on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 05:44:18 AM PDT

  •  Many thanks for the unwavering (11+ / 0-)

    dedication of the Gulf Watchers.

    We are to hold fast to what we believe is right, fight for it, and find allies....We become a nucleus ..... - David Brower

    by DawnN on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 06:05:23 AM PDT

  •  Thanks nt (11+ / 0-)

    Happy Labor Day to the real Americans who do the real work in America!

    by J Brunner Fan on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 06:21:44 AM PDT

  •  For these many months we have witnessed the (9+ / 0-)

    result of corporate greed, mendacity, corner-cutting, obfuscation and trickery, disregard for all that is sacred, shape-shifting, and indifference toward living things that should be allowed to thrive and grow on a clean planet.

    These tip jar synopses provide the counter-balance to all we have seen. They are provided through generosity, search for truth, extreme care, openness, awareness of all that is sacred, direct communication, and respect and love toward all living things.

    The balance is in favor of the negative, that goes without saying, but if each person does a small part, as seen here every day when Gulf Watchers counters that huge weight of the evil with wisdom and truth, slowly that balance can shift and a world may result that honors the things that matter.

    For those of us who feel exhausted, confused, unable to find a way forward through the morass that is our present day glut of corporate culture and politicization, we should remember these tip jars and the values and love that produced them, make them an example and act accordingly.

    Blessed be, Gulf Watchers.  

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

    by rubyr on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 06:52:16 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for continuing to watch..... (9+ / 0-)

    The tip jar reports are an excellent daily read.  I send my thanks to all of you, for generously sharing  your time and expertise.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 08:03:23 AM PDT

  •  Wonderful synopsis yet again. (6+ / 0-)

    The Gulf Watchers are awesome and continue on.

    BP's account doesn't reflect the truth. My nickel says that everyone will find more truth in the compendium of information amassed by the Gulf Watchers to be much more accurate, exacting, detailed and informative.

    Great job, everyone and thanks!

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

    by bleeding heart on Thu Sep 09, 2010 at 10:02:00 AM PDT

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