Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you to the witnesses.
I was disappointed to see Mr. Cullen leave after asking his questions, because I thought he would want to hear more information. That's unfortunate indeed.
I think Mr. Scarpaleggia mentioned that the water that touches the water that goes back into the river is full of contaminants. I thought you'd mentioned that.
Clearly there are two types of water, and I want to establish that. One is to cool the equipment that's working, which obviously doesn't get any contaminants in it, and that goes back into the river after making sure there are no contaminants in it. And the second is water that touches raw oil sands, and that raw oil sand water is not allowed to go back in. In fact, I know first-hand that Syncrude, Albian, and CNRL recycle 100% of their water, and of course the tailing water that's there now that has been discussed in detail. There is a lot of that. I've seen that first-hand on a continuous basis.
I wish Mr. Cullen would have been around to have the opportunity to hear more. He's always good in question period to ask and criticize, but he's not so happy here to listen. Most people know I'm not a partisan person, of course, but I want to make sure that people recognize that on the record.
I think we should offer congratulations, as Mr. Warawa said. Indeed, Syncrude has reclaimed some of its land this year. It received an award for that reclamation. It looks great, and it's a good job by them.
In fact, Suncor is going to reclaim the very first tailing pond by 2010, which is the only one that I understand has leaked any effluent into any water system at all. I'm very pleased to hear that. Indeed, I think what I've heard from the president of Suncor today is that there is technology out there now to reclaim tailing ponds and to get that system back to 100%, and it's their intention to do that by 2010. So that is good news, and I think congratulations are in order for those oil sands companies.
I see Mr. Bigras is unhappy, but everybody in this room uses oil sands. They use it in their vehicles. Mr. Bigras, unless you flew to the Hill, you did, because the oil sands were used originally—