Community Land & Water Coalition

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Breaking:

November 6, 2021: CARVER – “The word “arsenate” really shook Rochester Road resident Nicole Thomas when she got closer.

It was very upsetting, she said, to see the words “chromated copper arsenate” on the wooden poles being installed for the solar project behind their house while she was out walking the family dog.” https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/carver-reporter/2021/10/06/carver-solar-projects-pine-gate-renewables-raise-questions/6016934001/Upset

We have the grassroots power to stop destructive ground-mounted solar projects! Solar belongs on rooftops and over parking lots, not in place of carbon-absorbing forests.

Sign your name to the petition for a moratorium on subsidies for ground-mounted solar projects that destroy forests, farmland and Indigenous cultural sites.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/solar-energy-moratorium-petition/

Borrego Solar & AD Makepeace Co. 50 acre ground-mounted solar site under construction, Carver MA 2021. This was once a pristine upland Pine Barrens forest before AD Makepeace clear-cut the forest, removed vegetation, extracted sand and gravel and installed an industrial solar and battery storage facility.
AD Makepeace strip mining site, Plymouth County. Now a Borrego Solar site.

Nothing can grow here in human time.

Breaking News! Legal Action on Several Fronts

TUESDAY AUGUST 31:

Press Release: Wareham Selectmen violate free speech rights of “Wareham Ten” speaking out against strip mining and deforestation for large industrial solar say lawyers

MONDAY AUGUST 30:

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25:

The Carver Earth Removal Committee meets Wednesday August 24 at 7 p.m.  They have been asked to enforce the law to stop this illegal activity.  They refuse to act.  Maybe because most of the members are in the trucking and cranberry industry and do business with AD Makepeace.

The Committee is not allowing public comment at the meeting.  They are talking about fixing the damage to the roads done by AD Makepeace sand hauling trucks.  This uses money collected in earth removal fees from the companies doing the hauling.  This doesn’t increase revenue for the Town – it’s a net neutral – the money gets spent to fix the road damage done by the earth removal companies. 

Citizens want the earth removal trucks to STOP

Wareham residents are fired up with the Planning Board!

https://fb.watch/7UWbw8VIC0/

MassWildlife, Carver Earth Removal Committee, Zoning Inspector Refuse to Enforce Laws to Protect Environment from AD Makepeace Strip Mining

On August 9, a Ten Residents Group delivered notices of intent to sue to the Massachusetts Attorney General, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and the Town of Carver if the regulators continue to fail to enforce environmental laws. 

On August 16, 2021, Save the Pine Barrens filed a complaint with the Carver Zoning Board of Appeals seeking a hearing on violations of the Town’s zoning laws by AD Makepeace. This appeal seeks a hearing before the ZBA.

The legal steps on August 9 and 16 follow efforts that started in April 2021 by local activists seeking to stop the massive industrial strip mining operations underway in Carver and Plymouth.

On April 6, 2021, Save the Pine Barrens, a non profit group first requested enforcement of the laws and explanations about the forest clear-cuts, strip mining and solar projects in Carver.

On May 13, 2021 activists sent another letter to the Town.

On June 1, 2021, the obvious conflict of interest that the majority of the Earth Removal Committee members have in regulating AD Makepeace was outline in a letter to the Committee. Two of the members do business with Makepeace and three of them are in the cranberry business. One member, Richard Ward, is so intertwined with the cranberry industry in the region that when running for selectmen, his opponend referred to him as part of the “Cranberry Cosa Nostra.”

https://carver.wickedlocal.com/article/20130425/news/304259578

Here’s a quote by Ward being interviewed during the race: “Issue 3: Sustainable agricultural tax base. Our main industry is cranberries. My opponent has called the cranberry industry, of which I am a part, the “Cranberry Cosa Nostra.” Instead of calling our main industry the mafia, shouldn’t we be trying to encourage this industry to be sustainable? It’s our primary tax base! The industry helps support us and our tax base, so I’m an advocate of working with this industry.”

Additional letters with more information about violations were sent to Carver on June 14 and June 29, 2021.

On July 28, 2021 a letter was sent to Wareham and Carver about the danger to public safety from the excessive truck traffic coming from AD Makepeace sand and gravel removal operations in Carver.

The public’s request have been ignored. Carver has not responded to any of these, other than via June 1, 2021 letter from their lawyer to say there are no violations. This is obviously not true.

Check out our You Tube Channel for videos like this one showing 106 trucks in under 3 hours hauling sand from AD Makepeace strip mine sites on Federal Road in Carver MA. The trucks are traveling on back country roads to the interstate highways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRV7v8Ls3Ss

The laws are obviously being broken. Our state and local regulators refuse to act. The public therefore has the right to seek to enforce the laws to protect the environment. If state and local regulators don’t act within 20 days of August 9, 2021, the Ten Residents Group can bring a lawsuit to enforce the laws.

We have lost so much – and that is why it is so important protect what is left.