Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much for being here, Monsieur Chenier, Madame Fortier, and Mr. McGowan.
I don't think a lot of the rhetoric going on on all sides is particularly helpful for Canadians who are trying to find out the best way to proceed.
Madame Fortier, in the report the board released last December entitled “Review of Offshore Drilling in the Canadian Arctic”, which you cited it in your brief, I assume from that report there's been a take-up of a number of the issues that are reflected in the 17 research projects under way with BREA, the Beaufort regional environmental assessment, including the recurring issues on environmental assessments, and you go on to talk about cumulative effects and oil spill preparedness.
There's a general consensus that the Conservative government rushed through a certain number of these licences several years ago. At the time, I asked a lot of probative questions about the state of technology in terms of boom systems, containment systems, for example, in the event of a potential spill in the Beaufort.
Does the technology exist now to contain a spill in the Beaufort, given the volatility of those waters? Can you point to an existing technology for Canadians to have some sense of being able to deal with an accident there?