Is Plymouth MA the “sand and gravel removal capital of the South Shore” — or the world?

In 2015, Emily Clark, writing for the Old Colony Memorial, warned that America’s hometown, Plymouth, was leveled by sand and gravel removal.

Today, the crisis is worse: Plymouth is at the epicenter of the global sand mining industry. The fine silica sand laid down by the glacier across the regional is a globally rare commodity.

“Earth removal permit” applications are rubber stamped by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board. How many times over the last 40 years have Plymouth officials been complicit in the ruse that massive excavation and leveling hills was “necessary” for a cranberry bog or subdivision? Lots.

Stay tuned.