It only took five months.

Yesterday, the US government officially declared BP’s Macondo oil well “effectively dead”. Reports the New York Times:

“We can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead,” Adm. Thad W. Allen, the retired Coast Guard officer who leads the federal spill response, said in a statement. The well, he said, “poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico”.

Here’s a list of other things declared dead as a result of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig and subsequent oil spill (53,000 barrels a day before the well was capped):

But no amount of PR spend can help remove this stain.