Madam Chair, with all due respect, Canada's oil and gas drilling and production regulations are very strict. The operators must follow a series of steps because, as we know, it is the responsibility of the operators.
The National Energy Board, an expert, quasi-judicial organization, also has the right to ask for a financial guarantee in advance, up front, to ensure that it is able to act immediately if there is a spill or damage. And it always works on a cost-recovery basis. It is an independent organization with very rigorous standards.
As I said before, if we look at the United States, President Obama has decided to divide the Minerals Management Service into three divisions in order to ensure impartiality and to create an independent organization, which is what we have had here for 50 years with the National Energy Board.
And the National Energy Board has decided to launch an in-depth study on the entire procedure. The public will be invited to submit comments, and the study will be open and transparent.