Plymouth: AD Makepeace mining: 136 acres of global biodiversity hotspot

One of the four sites where AD Makepeace claims aggregate mining is “necessary and incidental” to an agricultural project.

AD Makepeace is strip mining over 7 million cubic yards in a globally rare Pine Barrens ecosystem in Plymouth MA.

The Town of Plymouth “earth removal permit” was based on false claims by AD Makepeace that the strip mine is solely necessary to build a cranberry bog. This is a ruse. The permit is expired!

The Town of Plymouth permit is here.


Outrageously, the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts MEPA office approved this claiming the project was “unlikely to cause no Damage to the Environment.” Massachusetts Audubon had it right then, writing in a letter on February 6, 2013 to the state MEPA:

Clearly, the local and state regulators who are supposed to be protecting the environment weren’t doing their jobs in 2013. And they still aren’t doing their jobs in 2021. They have approved at least an addition 300 acres of strip mining and clear-cuts for AD Makepeace to profit from sand mining and solar installations. These projects include three projects approved by MEPA in 2019, known as 0 Hammond Street, 64 Farm to Market Road, and 276 Federal Road in Carver MA.