General

SLT’s “innovative business park” a ruse for aggregate mining & processing operation

IMPACTS:

Polluting Ricketts Pond with silt, dust

Harming residents with excessive noise, vibrations, truck traffic

Stripping away forests, sand that filters Sole Source Aquifer, harming drinking water

Town officials refuse to enforce the law: Earth Removal Committee, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals

Residents sue to enforce the law and stop the illegal mining. Carver Earth Removal Committee joins with SLT against residents! The lawsuit files are here.

Strip mining and earth removal occurring on Spring Street near Rickett’s Pond in Carver, MA. SLT is mining under the ruse of creating “Rickets Pond Business Park.”

SLT’s mining operation banned in the Spring Street Innovation District, says group; asks Carver Zoning Board of Appeals to enforce the law

Public hearing Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Carver Town Hall!

Carver Zoning Board of Appeals second day of a public hearing

Residents and groups have asked Building Inspector, Earth Removal Committee and Zoning Board for a cease & desist


SLT cut down the highest hill in Carver, altering drainage patterns, stormwater flow and groundwater infiltration.

The site overlies the Plymouth Carver Sole Source Aquifer. Forests, vegetation and sand and gravel filter and protect our water. SLT has stripped away all this — sold for commercial profit.

Neighbors’ homes are within feet of the mining — cars are covered with silt and dust every day. They suffer from extreme noise from logging and mining equipment, trucks, and their homes shake when SLT is mining and processing aggregate.

MAY 5, 2022: SLT letter to ZBA: Don’t shut us down.

January 2022, High Street, Carver. Dust from SLT mining.

TIMELINE:

***Area rezoned for “Spring Street Innovation District” in 2015:

In April 2015, Carver Town Meeting voters changed the zoning to “Spring Street Innovation District” from residential with the promise that this would be an “innovative” business park.” Instead, the Zoning Board of Appeals is allowing an aggregate mining and processing – a quarry – to continue for at least 6 years.

*** SLT makes a deal with Mass DOT to buy the land

***2018 SLT starts industrial clearing, logging, aggregate mining; ongoing since 2018 and planned to extend to 2023. Gets earth removal permit in 2018 and 2021. 2021 permit for expansion on to McGrath land, north of Pond. The files are here.

***Starts industrial clearing, logging, aggregate mining.

***December 2021: Save the Pine Barrens seeks enforcement of the Bylaw to stop violations. Building Inspector refuses. Appealed to ZBA. Hearing May 20, 2022

***January 2022: High Street residents sue SLT and Earth Removal Committee in Superior Court.

***February 2022: Earth Removal Committee joins SLT and opposes residents lawsuit.

***February 2022: SLT and Earth Removal Committee move to dismiss residents’ lawsuit for lack of legal standing saying they are not “harmed”. **Court hearing May 24 at 2 p.m.

***April 2022, SLT filed for site plan review and special permits with the Carver Planning Board.

That hearing is also May 10, 2022 at 7 p.m. Scroll down on the Town page to see the “Ricket’s Pond Business Park” applications.

Here’s what the “Innovative” Business Park looks like so far: more warehouses and offices.