September 1st, 2011
04:28 AM GMT
(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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