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Jul 2, 2015 1:56 PM

NH1 News Investigates: In the Pipeline's Path, Endangered Ponies


NEW IPSWICH - The Villi Poni Farm in New Ipswich is home to 10 Newfoundland ponies, one-third of the population in the U.S.

There are only approximately 250 of these ponies worldwide. Emily Chetkowski owns and runs the farm and said the ponies are further threatened by a proposed pipeline compressor station.

Chetkowski said the compressor station will cause water and air pollution as well as noise pollution.

Not to mention, Chetkowski said, the threat of fires and explosions. The farm can't just pick up and leave.

"How in the world do we evacuate 10 critically endangered ponies? Chetkowski said. "Who do we choose?"

A public relations firm representing Kinder Morgan in New Hampshire, who is making the pipeline proposal, said New Ipswich would not be the first compressor station in New Hampshire. There has been one in Pelham since 1951.

"TGP has been operating six compressor stations along its existing pipeline in New England, including one existing compressor station in New Hampshire, for decades without experiencing any of the issues the landowner describes," Kinder Morgan said in a statement. "We believe it is important to distinguish facts from the misinformation that has been distributed regarding the pipeline, and we look forward to doing so in the coming months."

A scoping meeting has been scheduled for July 30 in Milford from 6-11 p.m.

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