September 1st, 2011
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(CNN) – It has been about a year since BP sealed the oil well that had been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Renewed exploration and drilling is in the news this week with deals being discussed in Russia, Alaska, India, and even off the shores of Cuba. But has the international business community learned enough from the Gulf oil spill one year later.

A U.S. biochemist and scholar says no way, and argues that more protections and protocols must be put in place.

Dr. Samantha (Mandy) Joye and a group of scientists from the U.S. states of Georgia and Florida are studying the sea-floor in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon well blew out.  With specialized robotic cameras, the scientists have been able to get a clear look at what lies beneath, and it's a slimy, soupy mess.

While her favorite place has to be on board the research vessel, I caught up with Dr. Joye in her Athens, Georgia office at the University of Georgia's Department of Marine Sciences to talk about her research.

Her team has found that a lot of the oil from the spill has settled to the seafloor and the result has been devastating to some of the smallest components of sea life.

While it's too early for conclusions, Dr. Joye's video paints a dire picture of what is missing from the deep waters of the Gulf.  Her research vessel will return to the area over the next few months. You can take a closer look at what her team found at Dr. Joye's blog.


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  1. coder

    while i applaud the doctors work and the information she has provided – i have zero faith in our government, any government or corporation – that anyone will change the way they do destruction in the name of money – their immediate greed is stronger than the need to survive past their own lifetime – thus condemning the future

    September 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  2. Dave, ca

    coder- sounds like you just gave a definition of the republican party.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  3. robert saint amour

    maybe, just maybe if americans didn't air condition their driveways you would not need to devastate your environment..not to mention other countries.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  4. Drew

    Air-condition our driveways?

    September 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  5. Cathy

    The Distress Helpline is available to help provide free, confidential emotional support and referrals to those still dealing with the long-term affects of the spill. Call us at 1-800-985-­5990 or text 'talkwithus' to 66746. The Distress Helpline is independently run and staffed by local Gulf Coast Call Centers, 24/7.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  6. Bill

    The driveway comment was for those people who live in countries like France where they sleep in their driveways and have not yet accepted insdoor plumbing.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  7. lolface

    BP learned that they can get away with murder?

    September 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  8. American Joe

    How many people who are complaining about oil in this blog own or ride SUV"s just to get around in!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Dave

    I think "robert saint armour" was talking about the fact that some people have heated driveways, so that when it snows, the snow does not accumulate on them and they don't have to shovel. Just another example of the unnecessary, selfish luxury that many Americans (and others) enjoy, in spite of the rest of the world.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  10. fritz

    Fear not, in 10 million years, all signs of us will have been bulldozed over by Nature. The oil on the gulf floor is just a tiny blip on the road of deep time. We can do nothing to hurt the future of life. It will survive us greedy humans. We can only hurt ourselves in the end. That's the crappy long view. The short view? I think we might be screwed big time over the climate change thing. We could lose billions to starvation but the lucky or smarter survivors will live on and adapt to a rapidly changing world. It'll be uglier but we're in not much danger of extinction anytime soon.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  11. Alex

    It'd be nice if they told us just how far from the spill she's talking about. Are we talking about 1 mile away, 10 miles away, or 100 miles away? Ah, but let's not report the important details...let's just say "near the spill".

    September 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  12. IMI

    Better smart up americans,less and less people likes zou around the world.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  13. IMI


    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  14. dudley0418

    I thought the driveway A/C comment was hilarious. Misplaced, but hilarious. It is the rest of the world's right to blame America for all of their ills. In this way a single, convenient scapegoat can be found for all of their moral and financial problems, saving breath and precious bodily fluids (for all you Dr. Strangelove fans.) Their personal problems have to be solved by themselves.

    "The world would be a great place if "X" wasn't making it a bad place." See how easy it is? It reminds me of my ex!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  15. dudley0418

    Americans don't care, IMI. That's the point that you are missing. They will take their ball and go home.

    A new pipeline from Canada to Texas will offer a safe, all N.A.way to provide for America's fossil fuel needs. It cuts out the Middle East and Venezuela completely. Cit-GO away with OPEC. In a couple of years the middle east and all of its problem exports will be funded entirely by non-US purchasers, which now makes that a problem for N.A. (Non-America.)

    This shoe may fit tightly, but the hand-writing is on the wall. Better smarten up, IMI.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  16. Mary

    @Dudley0418 The first part of this "safe" pipeline has leaked at least 12 times in the past 12 months. Tar sands are much worse than oil wells (not that I think oil wells are good...). The tar sands are the worst way to make petroleum. To extract the tar sands require a ridiculous amount of energy. Please investigate how tar sand is produced and judge for yourself. Have a look at how devastated the environment is these regions. The water has been contaminated in many places. The Canadian Prime Minister has been bought by oil companies, he was pro-bush that should give you an idea! Many European countries have already voiced their opposition to tar sands. Canada is not what it used to be and has lost a lot of credibility because of its environmental policies in the recent years -thanks to Harper-.

    September 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Medeni Satın

    "In order to protect the nature governments need to increase the tax on the fuel." As you may see, in Turkey we are using the most expensive fuel on the globe because of these taxes and simply nothing changed about car usage. Just the government became richer.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  18. chris

    oil is going to be depleted anyway. let peak oil be now, in 10 or in 20 years, it does not matter much. as oil is becoming more scarce and its cost only getting higher (excluding short term volatility, recessions etc.), other sources of energy become more economically viable and eventually dominant. we are not going back to stone age, but we will see major changes in the way we live. germany's electricity sources are 20% renewable, projected 30% in 2020. electricity rates are double that of france. it is expensive, but it can be done plus, it encourages energy efficiency and technology innovation will bring prices down. fear not, it can be done.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:44 am |
  19. Jeff

    @fritz – "We can do nothing to hurt the future of life." Actually we can. We as humans have hunted species to extinction. We continue to hunt species to extinction. Those species were sources of food for other species that either were weakened by the lack of food or had to start eating another food source which then puts strain on that species. We build dams that wiped out an ecosystem and replaced it with another one. We have obliterated homes for millions of animals in our quest to build cities and civilization.

    I consider the extinction of entire species due to over hunting by humans and at the hands of our "growth" harming the future of life.

    September 2, 2011 at 5:00 am |
  20. Robert Posey

    Humans are turning out to be roughly equivalent to the meteor which killed the Dinosaurs in terms of wiping out other species. Yes the planet will recover in time, but that is hardly an excuse.

    September 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  21. Robert Brewster Jr.

    Hah – the lesson is to have well-connected friends in Washington and to keep those friends well-bribed and satisfied. Yep, friends who are willing to disrespectfully brand a presidential call to accountability a "shakedown."

    September 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  22. Richard

    We don't call it bribery. We call it campaign contributions! The PEOPLE will never regain representation without an end to this corruption.

    September 4, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  23. Richard

    @Jeff Almost all life that has existed on this beautiful planet has gone extinct. Extinction is the rule, not the exception. LIfe will go on long after Man too is extinct. And at our current rate of poisoning the planet, that may not be all that far in the future.

    September 4, 2011 at 5:34 am |
  24. cynthia hernandez

    After the BRITISH PETROLEUM SPILL I volunteer to reelocate some turtle eggs....I was so furious about this I DISCUSSED THE HORRIBLE MISTAKE with many english people....and most argued to say IT ALL HAD BEEN TAKEN CARE .....!! BUT THEY SPILL ....more.....THIS TIME make the oil they though they could delute their CRIME.....and said......IT ALL HAD BEEN TAKEN CARE...!! and many more WAS NOT SO BAD............!!
    and the HIPOCRESY........goes ON AND ON...........but the ECOSYSTEM........IS DYING......AND THE CONSECUENSES ARE OBVIOUS........!! and the WORLD pays TO SHUT OFF........!!

    September 5, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  25. lolface

    I leanre that big corperations can and will get away with murder as long as it is seen as being cost effective for them to risk others lives.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |

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