On March 4, 2023 farmer Fred Beddall from Northampton MA and Meg Sheehan from Save the Pine Barrens in Plymouth MA presented a wdorkshop at the annual Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions conference. See the presentation here and find out why municipalities are on the front lines of solar siting.
Governor Healy has appointed Elizabeth Mahony to replace former DOER Commissioner Woodcock. Woodcock was in office to promote the corporate interests of the energy industry. He leaves behind a legacy of forest clear-cuts and polluted waterways caused by his solar subsidy program. We will be carefully tracking the new Commissioner’s decisions on energy issues including solar and renewable energy.
Unregulated sand and gravel mining is ravaging Southeastern Massachusetts and ruining the lives of people living next to these mines. One of the worst offenders is SLT Corporation and its destructive mining operation in Carver and Plympton. SLT applied for a new permit to expand into Plympton even though it is under a cease and desist – which it is ignoring. Why are regulators allowing this? Why did MassDOT sell this land to SLT Construction for earth removal? About 20 acres were mined while MassDOT owned it. Where did the sand go? Where did the money go? Why did MassDOT allow strip mining on public land?
February 22, 2023: CLWC files request for enforcement of Zoning Bylaw.
Bill filed in Massachusetts legislature to update state zoning law to eliminate special zoning protection for large solar and battery storage; puts solar on same footing as other industrial and commercial uses.
Route 80 in Kingston proposed for 642 units at the Sacred Heart. Zoning change needed, drinking water a major issue. Open space, drinking water threatened.
The long-time theme park, Edaville Railroad is proposed for a dense residential development under the state’s 40B law. The land has a checkered past. What really happened there?
Pulling back the curtain on the sand and gravel industry in Southeastern Massachusetts and the Town boards and officials complicit in the schemes – whether its “cranberry agriculture” or a “subdivision road” that requires leveling the town’s highest hill the operation on Route 44 in Carver — it is a scam. This exposes our drinking water to contamination, destroys our forests and poisons people with cancer-causing silica dust.
Carver: Jan. 25, 2023: Carver Earth Removal Committee extends Johnson Brothers Cranberry, Ryco sand and gravel mining operation to continue indefinitely despite violations, expired permits
In 2011, federal jury found Johnson violated Clean Water Act by destroying 46 acres of wetlands to allegedly build cranberry bogs Above: Jan. 25, 2023,
Why is are Plymouth Town officials, the Planning Board, ZBA and Planning Department going along with Scott Spencer’s earth removal scam on Route 3? Who is benefitting from this? Not the Town and not our drinking water or environment.