We hardly knew ye.
For all the scrutiny and (deserved) criticism BP and the dozen agencies with Deepwater Horizon Incident Command received over their lack of transparency, they sure did send plenty of updates, whether through email, Twitter, Facebook they may have adjusted the paradigm for disaster response communication. Of course, there is and always will be the need to question their updates and sources, but us in the press (and those following online) are kept up to date with general procedures, whether its well capping, how many gallons of oil/water mix have been captured, how many Vessels of Opportunity participants are available, how much boom is available. You get the idea.
BP and National Incident Commander Thad Allen have insisted they're dedicated to the Gulf, determined to stick around as long as necessary, an when they've decided "how clean is clean."
Those final days may be approaching, as Deepwater Horizon Response announced today all its future announcements will no longer come from the go-to DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com, but from RestoreTheGulf.gov (not to be confused with RestoreTheGulf.com), beginning Sept. 29. The former will no longer be updated.
So, update your bookmarks, and bid farewell to Deepwater Horizon Response, the official site for Deepwater Horizon Incident Command.