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

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee, said in a press release that they will set dates for joint hearings of their committees after the the urgent needs of the victims of Thursday's explosion are met.

"My heartfelt condolences go out to the people of San Bruno who have lost friends, neighbors and loved ones in this unthinkable tragedy," Leno said in the senators' joint statement. He said members of the Senate have been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the lead federal agency responsible for investigating the explosion.

Padilla said in the statement: "This horrible accident is a wake-up call that California needs to do more to protect the public and meet the highest safety standards. I look forward to an in-depth review into what caused this tragedy and what lawmakers and regulators can do to prevent similar tragedies in the future."



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