New BP chief executive Bob Dudley has said it is time to scale back some parts of the oil spill clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico.
Virtually no oil has been released into the Gulf since a new cap was closed on 15 July.
And skimming crews have reported only tiny quantities of oil out at sea.
But Mr Dudley insisted BP's commitment to tackling the environmental damage would continue, saying: “We'll be here for years.”
“And where there is no oil on the beaches you probably don't need people walking up and down in Hazmat suits. So you'll probably see that kind of a pullback. But commitment, absolutely no pullback.”
BP has just reported a record 17bn (11bn) loss, having set aside 32bn to cover the costs of the spill.
On 20 April, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing an oil spill that soon became the worst environmental disaster in US history
For three months, a massive slick has threatened the shores of Louisiana and other southern Gulf Coast states.