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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #374 - Darryl House

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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 V is new

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
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

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 #373: Still Leaking @ the Mudline? No can see - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - David PA
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #372 - Still Leaking at the Mudline - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #371 - A New Leak - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #370 - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
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

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 12, 2010 at 03:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Big loads of thanks to the Daily Kos community (53+ / 0-)

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

    We haven't seen any video of the seep around the wellhead since Friday and ROV feeds are sparse. Development Driller II's ROV 1 spent a great deal of time on a hull inspection task hanging around the propellers and cleaning the port aft lower sea chest. Olympic Challenger's ROV 1 spent many, many hours on a Locate Riser Insertion Tool task; mostly a sad, eerie journey over scattered pieces of debris from the Deepwater Horizon.

    MoonofA has used some great graphics to illustrate Thad Allen's explanation of how they plan to kill the Macondo well in a post at The Oil Drum.

    MoonofA also has posted photos of the BOP arriving at NASA's Michoud facility in New Orleans.

    At the seaward end of the South West Pass of the Mississippi the BOP ram-stack and the LMRP stack were lifted by the Q-4000's 360 ton crane onto a barge. With the tug Emily C. Cheramie pulling and the tug Baltic Dawn pushing it went up the Mississipi, through a lock and canals to the NASA facility. The U.S. Coast Guard ship USCG Razorbill accompanied the transport.

    The oil-friendly Houston Chronicle, located on BP's home North America turf, takes BP to the woodshed with its editorial, Any investigation must answer questions about the oil giant's corporate culture. The oil execs are plenty worried about BP jeopardizing their offshore drilling prospects but, even at that, it's satisfying to see them go after one of their arrogant, greedy own.

    Like most, we've spent our summer watching the spill drama play out. Along the way, we've been visited by oil and gas industry leaders and other knowledgeable insiders passing through town. Some have dropped by for meetings with the editorial board on spill-related business; others on unrelated errands.

    In one way or another, the spill has always come up, and we could not help but notice an informal consensus about BP emerging among these insiders that must be addressed. It is a concern that the company's corporate culture played a role, perhaps a large one, in setting up the circumstances that led to tragedy on April 20.

    A WaPo editorial indicates they aren't buying BP's version of the events that led to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

    At least as far as the latter is concerned, it's worth remembering that BP had the responsibility to successfully monitor the operations onboard the Deepwater Horizon, including the cement job. The report admits this. As The Post's Joel Achenbach noted, what BP's investigators don't do is give a full explanation of motivation: Were BP and its contractors rushing the job to save money?

    For that, for answers to the legal liability question and for confirmation of BP's narrative, the public will have to wait for independent investigations to conclude, including the presidentially chartered inquiry and a Justice Department probe. Outstanding investigations also must more fully examine the role of government regulators.

    The WaPo editorial refers to Joel Achenbach's take on the BP report, Bly report: Heavy use of blame dispersants, which poses an excellent question.

    An obvious question is whether offshore oil drilling should be conducted this way -- with a profusion of contractors, a multiplicity of motivations, inherent conflict, and, it would seem to me, potential confusion about who is in charge of what and who bears the ultimate responsibility when something goes wrong. The very fact that, after this calamity, there can be a protracted battle among the companies over culpability would seem to me to raise doubts as to whether they should continue to operate under the very same kind of partnership going forward. Because, by the way, BP still leases Transocean rigs and contracts with Halliburton. Who do you think dug those relief wells in the gulf? Same set-up as Macondo. These folks are locked together in long-term leases even as they're preparing for years of litigation as adversaries.

    Scientists have found oily sediment on the sea floor between the Deepwater Horizon site and the coast.

    The Research Vessel Oceanus sailed on Aug. 21 on a mission to figure out what happened to the more than 4 million barrels of oil that gushed into the water. Onboard, Samantha Joye, a professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, says she suddenly has a pretty good idea about where a lot of it ended up. It's showing up in samples of the seafloor, between the well site and the coast.

    "I've collected literally hundreds of sediment cores from the Gulf of Mexico, including around this area. And I've never seen anything like this," she said in an interview via satellite phone from the boat.

    Joye describes seeing layers of oily material — in some places more than 2 inches thick — covering the bottom of the seafloor.

    "It's very fluffy and porous. And there are little tar balls in there you can see that look like microscopic cauliflower heads," she says.

    It's very clearly a fresh layer. Right below it she finds much more typical seafloor mud. And in that layer, she finds recently dead shrimp, worms and other invertebrates.
    "The organisms that break down oil excrete mucus — copious amounts of mucus," Joye says. "So it's kind of like a slime highway from the surface to the bottom. Because eventually the slime gets heavy and it sinks."
    "A lot of fish go down to the bottom and eat and then come back up," Hollander says. "And if all their food sources are derived from the bottom, then indeed you could have this impact."

    Figuring all that out though, will probably take many years.

    Scientific American raises questions about EPA's Corexit dispersant testing. Currently, dispersant chemicals are placed on EPA's approved list on the basis of effectiveness.Safety data is required from the manufacturer but is not a basis for approval.

    Now, there are criticisms of the methods the EPA used when it tested Corexit for toxicity.

    In a bid to corroborate potentially suspect results that were provided by the dispersants industry, the EPA tested eight dispersants, including COREXIT 9500, the one most widely used by BP. The agency’s results showed broad similarities with industry’s analyses—some effects on silverside fish and mysid shrimp, but no significant disruption of hormonal systems of animals, at least at the cellular level. "All the dispersants are roughly equal in toxicity and generally less toxic than oil," said EPA assistant administrator and chemist Paul Anastas in a press briefing on June 30. "The dispersant constituents are expected to biodegrade in weeks to months, rather than remaining in the ecosystem for years as oil might."

    But at least one outside toxicologist has found reason to criticize the EPA and the methods it has used. "There is not any information on what is the environmentally relevant level of dispersants," says toxicologist Carys L. Mitchelmore of the University of Maryland, who helped to write a 2005 National Research Council report on dispersants. Nor is there any evidence that the agency had any requirements for defining acceptable toxicity levels in the industry-provided data. From that information alone, "I could not compare and contrast which one was more toxic than the other," Mitchelmore recounts.
    "Once it’s mixed with oil, that’s where you get the most impact, that’s where you see most of the toxicity," says toxicologist Sergio Alex Villalobos of Nalco, the maker of COREXIT 9500. Anastas suggested that testing was expected to be completed before the end of August.

    BP cheaps out by only giving a $10 million donation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study long-term health effects of oil spill and dispersants, an expensive proposition.

    Researchers hope to recruit people with "varying levels of exposure," according to the study’s lead researcher, Dale Sandler, chief of the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the NIH branch coordinating the study.

    Sandler said Wednesday that half of the BP money will be available to academic institutions and Gulf Coast communities that submit proposals.

    "The money BP gave won’t go very far," Sandler said.

    Hardly a shocker but BP left Feinberg to clean up their claims mess.

    The claims facility now processing emergency payments for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill inherited from BP thousands of languishing business claims, a jumbled database and hundreds of individual claims of loss with no documentation, independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg says.

    Nearly three weeks after Feinberg took over the claims process from BP, it remains a logistical tangle of unpaid requests for help and missing documentation, while thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses wait for relief. Feinberg is pledging to move faster while also imposing new rules intended to prevent fraud.
    Feinberg says he expects better response times as his staff weeds through old claims. "I've inherited a huge number of claims that have never been processed that need to be processed, especially business claims," he says. BP put many of the business claims, which range from family-owned bait shops to major corporations, on a "side track," he says.
    More than 46,000 people have filed claims since Feinberg took charge Aug. 23.

    By Sept. 8, his staff had paid 10,252 claims for nearly $80 million, the facility's records show. Most claims paid - 5,753 - are small, with payouts of $5,000 or less.
    Feinberg, a Washington attorney who administered damage claims in other catastrophes, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, says BP allowed the most complicated claims to languish.

    Schilling Robotics has set a two minute video with music to demonstrate a ROV arm. Fun to watch and it shows the clever control used to operate the arm.

    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 Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 02:52:12 AM PDT

  •  Whatever format this GW takes, don't EVER (19+ / 0-)

    let this re-cap not be part of what remains.
    The best single summation of recent GW activity anywhere!!!

    Thank you, Gulf Watchers,  and we know who YOU are....

  •  The amount of information in the Mothership (10+ / 0-)

    Diary, and the excellent reporting in the summary means this is a must read for me everyday.

    Thank you.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 08:09:50 AM PDT

  •  Highlight vid from the "Spill into DC" Rally (10+ / 0-)

    on Labor Day weekend. Several Gulf Coast residents spoke passionately about their experiences with the BP oil spill. YouTube video is here.

    "You get what you settle for."-- Louise Sawyer

    by doppler effect on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 08:12:37 AM PDT

  •  Once again, this synopsis could not be finer. (9+ / 0-)

    Gulf Watchers rocks!!!!!

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

    by rubyr on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 08:16:45 AM PDT

  •  Thanks. (7+ / 0-)

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

    by blueoregon on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 09:00:45 AM PDT

  •  Thank you all for this vigil, ever still. (8+ / 0-)

    may the earth heal,
    and may the sea breathe clean, again,

    ~we study the old to understand the new~from one thing know ten thousand~to see things truly one must see what is in the light and what lies hidden in shadow~

    by ArthurPoet on Sun Sep 12, 2010 at 09:21:20 AM PDT

  •  Thank you so much, Gulf Watchers! (7+ / 0-)

    Great synopsis as always.

    You are a gift to all of us!

    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 12, 2010 at 10:59:44 AM PDT

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