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Where Did All the Oil Go? U.S. Press and Scientists Admit BP Spill Vanishing Faster Than Expected

• Niall Firth via
He sparked outrage in the US when he suggested that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was nothing but a drop in the ocean.
And he was hounded out of his job for overseeing one of the world’s worst oil disasters as pictures of dying seabirds floundering in oil dominated the front pages of the US press for weeks on end.

But now, 16 days after the leak was finally stopped, scientists are coming forward to suggest that perhaps BP boss Tony Hayward may have been right after all.

Oil from the well is clearing from the sea surface much faster than scientists expected.

Indeed, some are asking whether the original threat was actually exaggerated.

And just over 100 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers, the water around the Gulf is almost entirely clear.

The backtracking by the US media in particular stands in stark contrast to the way in which they pursued Mr Hayward in the wake of the spill.

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