AD Makepeace blatantly abuses the process for obtaining permits under the Mass Endangered Species Act
State officials look the other way, pretend Plymouth mining operations are “cranberry agriculture”
Hundreds of acres of Priority Habitat for rare and endangered Pine Barrens plants and animals being obliterated
Above: Location of AD Makepeace 217-acre strip mine. The company is trying to claim this is a “agriculture project” to build 136 acres of cranberry bogs and reservoirs, pumps and canals. Below: strip mine will destroy globally rare habitat designated for conservation by the state.
Priority Habitat being for rare and endangered species being destroyed by AD Makepeace strip mine, State DFG goes along
The state’s top environmental official, Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs, continues to cover up for AD Makepeace, pretending this is “agriculture.” The state ignores the hundreds of trucks a day hauling sand and gravel illegally mined to supply Makepeace’s Read Custom Soils aggregate processing and sales facility. As shown on the map below, Makepeace’s Read Custom Soils is abutting the 2014- acre Plymouth strip mine where the company is mining at least 7.2 million cubic yards according to its Town permit application.
Makepeace brags it is strip mining its “enormous reserves” of sand and gravel in Plymouth and Carver:
Within a one mile radius ADM Makepeace is strip mining at least 14 million cubic yards of sand and gravel according to permits in Carver and Wareham. More is being mined without permits under the pretense that the sand and gravel is being used to maintain and restore Makepeace’s 1,700 acres of bogs.
AD Makepeace mining locations: south Plymouth & Carver’s Read Custom Soils