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The current ROV DIARY: Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #379 - 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:

BOP Forensic Analysis Part 1
BOP Forensic Analysis Part 2
BOP Forensic Analysis Part 3

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
Deepwater Horizon BlowOut V

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
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
47146/47147 - Development Driller III's ROV 1
43698/43699 - Development Driller III's ROV 2
39168/39169 - Chouest Holiday ROV 1
40492/40493 - Chouest Holiday 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 #379 - Darryl House
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #378 - We Don't Blink - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Kairos
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #377 - We Ain't No Ways Tired - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #376 - Dancing in the Dark - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Lorinda Pike
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #375 - Watching When They Let Us - BP's Gulf Catastrophe - Yasuragi
Daily Kos Gulf Watchers ROV #374 - David PA
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

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 Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 03:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Big loads of thanks to the Daily Kos community (42+ / 0-)

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

    The oil around the well head continues to seep, something dead wells don't do. The seep collects on the HC connector which requires periodic cleaning. We had another sparse day of feeds but finally got feeds today from the Chouest Holiday. We have been seeing her ROVs with no feeds for weeks. Last evening one of her ROVs retrieved a tether Gulf Watchers thinks Helix Producer used to attach to a free standing riser.

    BP posted a short update yesterday morning indicating some progress on the relief well. BP started drilling at 1:40 PM on Monday. Earlier Thad Allen said that the relief well should be completed 96 hours after drilling started. That would make Friday afternoon the ETA for killing the Macondo.

    Subsea operational update:
    The MC252 well has been shut-in since July 15; there is currently no oil flowing into the Gulf.
    The DDII continues to conduct diagnostic tests on the MC252 well, and final plugging and abandonment procedures are being worked through the approval process.
    The DD III drilled 30 feet in the relief well Monday and is currently conducting a ranging run. Upon completion of the ranging run, the DDIII will continue drilling to the MC252 intercept point.
    Updated Sept 14 at 10.45 CDT

    Thad Allen stepping down on October 1.

    Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who was named national incident commander on May 1, will step down from that job on Oct. 1, barring any major disruptions in the response effort. Many of Allen's duties will fall to Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, who has been working with Allen and concentrating on the surface response.
    The transition will follow the final steps to kill the once-gushing Macondo well, as well as the release of a report from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to develop an oil spill recovery plan for the Gulf Coast. Allen said the Mabus report is expected next week.

    Admiral Allen and Administrator Lubchenco are scheduled to do a press briefing tomorrow morning.

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to lift deepwater drilling ban by the end of the month.

    The nation's chief drilling regulator said Tuesday his agency is slated to impose a swath of new mandates governing the design and cementing of offshore wells in response to vulnerabilities revealed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    The requirements are modeled on recommendations in an offshore drilling safety report Interior Department Secretary Kenneth Salazar delivered to President Barack Obama in May. In a conference call with reporters, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich said he hopes oil and gas companies have the foresight to begin making the suggested changes.
    He stressed that it was highly unlikely the government will extend its ban on deep-water exploration after it expires Nov. 30 - but he insisted that the speed of well approvals depends on how quickly oil and gas companies comply with new safety requirements.
    Bromwich also said he expects to make recommendations on how to lift the moratorium by the end of the month - four weeks ahead of schedule.

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expects confusion after drilling ban is lifted.

    The end of a U.S. moratorium on deep-water oil drilling is likely be followed by confusion as drillers adjust to new rules, the top offshore regulator said.

    Some deep-water operators may already be prepared to comply with stricter safety and environmental rules, said Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the office that oversees offshore drilling. Others may not have all the information required and will need some "back and forth," he said on a conference call today with reporters.

    A panel of scientists aren't wearing the government's rose-colored glasses about the environmental impact of BP's black monster.

    He [Florida State University oceanographer Ian MacDonald] continued questioning the official line Tuesday at the University of Florida, debunking the idea that bacteria had eaten most of the oil. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s official "oil budget" making such claims lacks citations of scientific literature, an outside review of its work and information on the calculations used, he said.

    "With no citation, no review and no possibility of replication, it ain’t science," he said.

    MacDonald spoke in a panel discussion about the impact of the spill on the region’s natural resources. UF’s Graham Center for Public Service sponsored the event.

    Ken Feinberg faces tough choices about reimbursing businesses that were harmed due to perception rather than being directly affected by oil from BP's runaway well.

    Ken Feinberg told members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association that emergency relief was not likely in most cases far from the spill, a problem for many businesses - especially those in the Sunshine State - that have suffered in large part because of the perception oil has washed ashore on all the beaches.
    He urged business owners to fill out claims, speak with lawyers and then he would review the claims and work to find a solution without clogging courtrooms.

    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 Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 02:52:09 AM PDT

  •  Big loads of thanks to peraspera for these (19+ / 0-)

    outstanding tip jar summaries and for loyal tending the Mothership.  

    Big thanks to the many loyal Gulf Watchers who have spent countless hours documenting and reporting on this disaster and for questioning authority when needed to ensure the public is afforded access to the ROV videos and receive answers to questions that are not asked by the MSM in Thad Allen's briefings.  

    A huge thanks to those ROV pilots here at dkos who often spend 12 hours or longer tending their ROV diaries and several of whom have volunteered to do back to back diaries (yes, I am looking at you, Yasuragi, in particular).

    And finally, a huge thank you for the unwavering support of the dkos community here who read, tip, and recommend the Mothership.

    On a personal note, I am hoping to be able to change my sig line after Friday, when the evil Macondo well is finally killed.

    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 Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 06:01:22 AM PDT

  •  Thanks. (14+ / 0-)

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

    by blueoregon on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 06:27:18 AM PDT

  •  Thanks once again, Gulfwatchers. (13+ / 0-)

    Another informative synopsis. I love Ian MacDonald. What a guy!!!

    "Mysteries Like This And Many Others~~ In The Trees Blow In The Night~~ In The Southern Skies" Allen Toussaint

    by rubyr on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 06:32:09 AM PDT

  •  Thanks as always, Gulf Watchers. (6+ / 0-)

    I really appreciate what you do.

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

    by bleeding heart on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 10:32:19 AM PDT

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