Appearing in today’s news:

Two California state senators announced Friday that they will hold hearings to probe what caused the San Bruno natural gas explosion and how such a disaster can be prevented in the future.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — California regulators are ordering Pacific Gas and Electric to survey all its natural gas lines in the state in the wake of a devastating suburban San Francisco blast that killed at least four.

Too little? Certainly too late!

Last February, I wrote:

Feb 3, 2010 … A natural gas line installed through a sewer line caused the blast that charred a St. Paul home, according to state investigators.

Feb 24, 2010 … A natural gas explosion blew apart a home located near West 50th Street

Unfortunately, this is a story repeated too many times during every heating season.

If a foreign power mandated that natural gas be piped into virtually every home in the northern half of the contiguous United States, we would be in the streets with torches and pitchforks.

NATURAL GAS IS NOT A SAFE HEATING FUEL. When I’ve had a choice, and certainly when I’ve built my own home, my instructions were to cap the natural gas out in the street, as far away from my lodgings as they could get.

Wake up, fellow citizens. Get some realistic controls over this heating fuel, especially in the “freeze-thaw” parts of our country, or run these captains of corporations off to jail and out of business.

Remember – That conspiracy theory six months ago often becomes today’s headlines.

Dan Martin