The only long term answer to this problem, caused by a leak in a single pipeline, is to have several gas wells distributed around the country (some of which will be off-shore) all supplying gas into a "gas grid" like the electric grid, which would mean every location would have alternative sources of gas should one link in the network fail.
Gas is the fuel of the future.
We are now finding massive gas reservoirs evenly distributed all around the world. The International Energy Agency estimates there is a quarter of a millennium’s worth of cheap shale gas available to the world.
A recently discovered shale gas reservoir in Blackpool, England contains 200 trillion cubic feet of gas – enough to keep the entire British economy going for many decades.
The Middle East dominance of fuel supplies is over and Peak Oil is no longer an issue.
Gas powered turbines generates electricity and provides the back up generation required by unreliable sources such as wind, solar and tides. The same electricity can power our cars and buses.
Gas is the starting point for a whole new petrochemical industry. Indeed the discovery of cost effective means of extracting shale gas is a game changer for the whole world's economy, just as computing power has changed the whole communications industry. People were predicting that IBM would rule the world and then along came Microsoft and Apple.
We will need some form of liquid fuels for our aircraft but we would get enough of that as an offshoot from some of the wells.
But a number of Political parties and Green lobbyists and Coastal Iwi say we should ban exploration for gas and oil offshore. I wonder if they are now having second thoughts.
For some reason we have been persuaded that the only alternative to oil and coal is windpower, tidal power and other expensive and unreliable power sources.
Hence the importance of gas has been down-played. And now we have been taken by surprise.
Now that the world is losing interest in AGW, and longing to tell the Middle East to go jump, we should come to our senses and start seriously searching for natural gas everywhere it might be found.
This is the best way to guarantee our ongoing ability to bake our bread, wash our clothes, warm our buildings and, of course, power up the electrical grid.
There is nothing like a jolt to bring us to our senses. And maybe winning the RWC has opened our minds to this opportunity to be a powerful energy driven world leading economy, instead of longing to retreat to the caves.
Which major party will have the courage and gumption to declare that becoming a "gas-fired-up" economy is a major part of their long term economic strategy?