You're looking at what may be the very last vestige of BP's jaw-dropping "Reports from the Gulf." Remember the fun we had with those posts by Paula Kolmar and Tom Seslar, who told us about the ballet of the oil skimmers and the meditative joys of flying over their company's Deepwater Horizon disaster?
Now it's goodbye to all that, with Kolmar's old blog on BP.com reduced to a stray bit of metadata that someone forgot to scrub. As of Thursday, you could still find it tucked into the code for the Beach status page. If you uncover any remnants of Seslar's old blog, send a screengrab, OK?
A BP spokesperson says the company took the reports down at some point this month. She said the press office wasn't able to find out when Kolmar and Seslar's work got the disappearing treatment. But this, supposedly, is why: "Both of them went home and were no longer reporting," she said.
Corexit me if I'm wrong, but I think most websites leave a writer's work in place when that writer moves on -- the long tail and posterity and all. It turns out BP can do a reasonable job of erasing an embarrassing P.R. move. Now if only the company could hit delete on those millions of barrels of oil it dumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
After the jump, BP Press Release Theater.