Wareham: AD Makepeace claims that a $9 million earth removal operation is “agriculture” – really?
At 140 Tihonet Road in Wareham, AD Makepeace and Borrego Solar propose one of three large ground mounted solar projects that in total will completely clear-cut and denude 200 acres of pristine globally rare Pine Barrens forest, rare and endangered species habitat, and Native American cultural features. These sites are surrounded by over 330 acres of industrial ground mounted solar that Makepeace and Borrego already strip mined and deforested.
AD Makepeace plans to do earth removal first. This will completely level the hill you see next to Tihonet Pond in the heart of Wareham. Kane is trying to pass off a this massive mining project earth removal as “agricultural use” under the Wareham earth removal Bylaw. This is a hoax.
Read CEO Jim Kane’s bogus claim to the Town of Wareham that the 1 million cubic yards of sand and gravel from 140 Tihonet Pond “will be used for our on-going agricultural activities and is therefore not subject to earth removal permitting….”
Really, Mr. Kane, operator of Read Custom Soils, one of the largest aggregate mining operations on the east coast? Watch 258 trucks coming in and out of Read. Where is the sand and gravel coming from? The truth is that the 1 million cubic yards Kane plans to extract from 140 Tihonet Road will be used to supply Read Custom Soils, Makepeace’s aggregate mining and processing and sales operation.
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In 2021, local residents appealed the Town’s planning board permit to stop the project but lost for lack of legal standing. Makepeace sites its projects so it has no abutters who will be able to appeal local zoning decisions. During the litigation Makepeace got the Town Clerk to submit a false affidavit saying the resident did not file a legal notice on time for the lawsuit. When this was revealed as untrue by the Clerk’s own emails, she was forced to withdraw the affidavit.
There is another lawsuit pending challenging the 140 Tihonet Road solar and mining project. A hearing on Makepeace’s motion to dismiss is scheduled in Brockton Superior Court on Nov. 22, 2022.