Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you to Mr. Fox, and Ms. Milutinovic, for being here with us today.
I'm from Manitoba, and for the record I do want to say that the National Energy Board worked very well when it came to approving the pipelines that have recently been built, that have gone through Manitoba and helped create jobs and moved our natural resources throughout Canada and down to the U.S. The first Keystone pipeline was approved during the last 10 years.
I have a sheet in front of me of all of the work that you folks have been doing. For oil pipelines, the table shows that 10 pipelines have gone through the National Energy Board process since 2006 and been approved. Four of those have been built. The others are in the process. There are also 12 gas pipelines. That's 23 in total, and of those 17 have been built. I would say that we should be proud as Canadian legislators of the good work you have done.
I find it disappointing that in the last six months we've had a government that has undermined so blatantly the work that you do. For the record, in Manitoba, we want to keep the jobs being created that these pipelines bring, so thank you very much for the work you have been doing and that you continue to do.
I do want to ask you a couple of questions in regard to the new process the government has put in place with the additional five steps. I think you were asked how it could build confidence, and you answered quite honestly in the same way that the rest of us are responding. We don't know how this will build more confidence, because much of it is redundant, and it's not measured in any way. Can you tell us what you are already doing in terms of consultation with first nations and communities, as well as the science-based evidence you look at in terms of GHGs? I know you haven't looked at the upstream, and we've heard a lot of testimony in recent weeks that upstream GHGs should not be accounted for or against a pipeline project. I know there are other things you look at in terms of the environment, so could you talk a little about the consultation you already do and the environmental assessments you already do?