Carver: AD Makepeace 50 acre mining, solar at 59 Federal Road
AD Makepeace and Borrego Solar “Golden Field” solar project, Federal Road, Carver, Massachusetts. 50 acres of ground mounted solar out of 300 acres to date with another 190 acres planned in the same area. The site is within feet of a Golden Field Pond, designated by Massachusetts as a globally rare Priority Habitat for endangered species of plants and animals.
An estimated 2-4 million cubic yards of sand was strip mined by AD Makepeace Co. of Wareham MA for the 50 acre solar site between 2016 and about 2019.
Strip mine operations are underway to remove an additional 4 million cubic yards of valuable sand, leveling a 30 foot upland kame forest. There has been no biological survey to assess the status of the 220 plants and animals listed as special concern, threatened or endangered that are known to exist in this ecosystem.
At least $35 million in sand strip mined out so far at this area. This strip mine/solar site is one of 12 brought to us by Borrego Solar and AD Makepeace using ratepayer and taxpayer subsidies for “renewable energy” and “agriculture.”
Borrego Solar and AD Makepeace have been working together to site solar in this area for 10 years. The highest points of land were chosen to maximize the volume of earth that could be removed and sold for private profit.
At this site alone, 50 acres of globally rare pristine upland Pine Barrens forests has been leveled. Another 100 acres are planned to be destroyed under an Earth Removal Permit from Carver claiming this is an agricultural operation. We are working to shut this down.
Endangered Eastern Box Turtles have killed. Unknown rare biodiversity of the Pine Barrens ecosystem also destroyed.
Wampanoag cultural sites were allowed to be destroyed under cover of a letter from Mass Historic Commission.
This was allowed to pass Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review without an environmental impact report.