UPDATE: Part 2 of the series includes this thumbnail history of pipeline regulation: "The same pattern has been repeated ever since - explosion, deaths, reform." Maybe NC could learn for the experience of others and skip the explosion and death part?
Pennsylvania's regulators don't handle those pipelines, and acknowledge they don't even know where they are. And when he reported what he saw to a federal oversight agency, an inspector told him there was nothing he could do, either.
We know North Carolina's laws are not up to date in some relevant areas, which is one good reason not to rush to punch holes in the ground.