A hundred days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP got the headline it has been waiting for. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says oil from the well is rapidly disappearing from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists don't know yet about the potential effects of oil under the surface -- it's complicated -- but the visible oil is vanishing.
And hey, BP told us this would happen. Hayward announced early on that "the Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean" -- plenty big enough to hide the largest oil spill in our nation's history. Or rather, plenty big enough to consume it.
The Gulf of Mexico can take it, BP hydrogeologist Lyle Bruce told the citizens of Orange Beach, Alabama, back in the early days of the spill. Bruce told them not to worry, that skimming and burning and evaporation and microbes would clean this mess up. I can't say it makes me feel any better about it, even now.