San Bruno Explosion Raises Fears about Natural Gas

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Last week's natural-gas pipe explosion killed at least four people and destroyed 37 houses in a quite neighborhood south of San Francisco. That has created anxiety every place where natural gas is a staple of daily existence. We ask the Southern California Gas Company about the location and condition of its pipelines.  Can homeowners help avoid a similar crisis? Is the possibility of disaster a necessary condition of getting the benefits of natural gas? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, back in session today, Congress has about 14 working days left before the November elections. Global warming and immigration reform are dead in the water. Will anything be done to help the economy? We look for some answers.

Banner image: A law enforcement official runs towards a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images