Who are the actors behind the deforestation and strip mining in Southeastern Massachusetts being done in the name of “renewable energy”? Here’s everything you want to know about Borrego Solar courtesy of PitchBook. Here’s the top tier management with their contact info. Feel free to let them know what you think of their destruction of the globally rare Pine Barrens forests in Southeastern Massachusetts. Here’s a Google Earth view of the strip mine site for Borrego’s Golden Field solar project-50 acres of rare Pine Barrens forest clear-cut, earth removed and now its a solar site. Borrego is in bed with AD Makepeace — identifying the highest points of land with the largest volume of earth and putting solar installations there. Grabbing ratepayer and taxpayer subsidies to do this. The ruse and the cheating is being exposed.
May 12, 2021, Wareham MA, USA
MassDEP asked to step in to protect Tihonet Pond & wetlands from Borrego-Makepeace earth removal and solar project T
The MassDEP is being asked to override a decision by the Town of Wareham to allow a destructive 76 acre ground-mounted solar energy generating utility to be located on the shores of Tihonet Pond and the Wankinko River in Wareham. The River is habitat for river herring and endangered Northern Cooters. The Town issued the permit without requiring AD Makepeace to explain and disclose the full impacts of the up to 2 million cubic yards of earth that will be strip mined out before installing the solar facility.
According to the appeal, the Town permit does not comply with the state Wetlands Protection Act and is illegal because the Selectmen have not issued an Earth Removal Permit.
It is time for the Wareham Board of Selectmen to stop covering up for AD Makepeace and follow the law. The environment, property values and the climate depend on it. No more handshake deals for AD Makepeace.
BREAKING: May 13, 2021 — BUSTED!
An explosive new video shows AD Makepeace violating its Carver earth removal permit by running trucks at 150% over the permitted level. This is at just one site-they are operating three sites. We demand that the Town of Carver shut down these operations immediately. We have sent a second request for enforcement.
The time for delay and games is over.
Makepeace’s own reports show violations — and according to Carver, these truck numbers don’t include sand and gravel sold commercially to cranberry bog companies.
There are criminal and civil penalties for violating an earth removal permit: $100 per violation. Bylaw section 9.1.9. The truck limit is 50 per day.
These time comparison shots of AD Makepeace Read Custom Soils site on Federal Road in Carver on the Plymouth line show the strip mining between 2010 and 2018. It has been going on continuously since 2018. More has been destroyed. Photos from Google Earth Pro (free for downloading on the internet).
We are racing against the clock to save biodiversity and humanity from the destructive extraction of “sand and gravel” in Southeastern Massachusetts and from and the bright green lie of clean energy is destroying out pristine globally rare forests.
Our letter is here.
AD MAKEPEACE & BORREGO SOLAR: BUSTED!
May 13, 2021 UPDATE:
Saturday, May 8, 2021: Carver, MA, USA Location: “Golden Field” solar project site and strip mine expansion, Federal Road, Carver, Massachusetts.
BUSTED: AD Makepeace violating its earth removal permit by operating past noon on a Saturday.
An estimated 2-4 million cubic yards of sand was strip mined by AD Makepeace Co. of Wareham MA for the 50 acre solar site between 2016 and about 2019. Strip mine operations are underway to remove an additional 4 million cubic yards of valuable sand, leveling a 30 foot hill over a 100 acre site. At least $35 million in sand strip mined out so far at this one site. This site is one of 12 land based solar sites in this area being done by AD Makepeace in partnership with Borrego Solar.
On April 6, 2021 Community Land & Water Coalition filed an enforcement request with the Town of Carver seeking a cease and desist order to stop all earth removal until questions are answered. On May 13, 2021 we sent a second request.
For the Borrego Solar “Golden Field” project, 50 acres of globally rare pristine upland Pine Barrens forests were leveled. Another 100 acres is currently being destroyed under an Earth Removal Permit from Carver claiming this is an agricultural operation. A total of about 500 acres will be strip mined for industrial solar “site preparation” if the 10th, 11th and 12th projects now proposed for Wareham goes ahead.
At the Golden Field solar and strip mine site, endangered Eastern Box Turtles have been killed. Unknown numbers of plants and animals and rare biodiversity of the Pine Barrens ecosystem have been destroyed at this site.
The area contained evidence of a Wampanoag work area. It was destroyed under cover of a letter from Mass Historic Commission. Note that the letter says it is for an AD Makepeace “agricultural project.” Strip mining is not an agricultural operation.
The Golden Field solar project and strip mine was allowed to pass Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review without an environmental impact report. The AD Makepeace-Borrego MEPA Environmental Notification Form is filled with inconsistencies and unverified claims.
This is why we are fighting to save the Pine Barrens and standing with our Indigenous allies against destruction of life on Earth here in Southeastern Massachusetts.
This is why the three proposed Makepeace & Borrego Solar projects to strip mine and clearcut another 190 acres in Wareham in Southeastern Massachusetts must be stopped.
May 7, 2021: UPDATE: Why so many sand and gravel trucks hauling out earth on Wareham Roads on Federal Road?
We’ve documented over 1 truck a minute coming into Wareham from Carver:
Here’s one of the Makepeace strip mine sites sending trucks through Carver — before and after work started.
The reason there are so many trucks in Wareham is that Carver’s Earth Removal Committee makes AD Makepeace use Wareham roads to haul out the earth-not Carver roads.
To get the permit for a massive project permitted in 2020 — at least 160 truck trips a day hauling sand for 4 years — Carver told Makepeace it had to use Wareham roads, not Carver roads when leaving the site. Watch out Wareham. More dangerous truck traffic coming your way, destroying your roads.
We are documenting ongoing “earth removal” — in reality, strip mining and taking down the highest areas of land throughout the region — under the guise of “agriculture” or “site preparation” for land based solar projects. Under Massachusetts energy policy, taxpayers are subsidizing this destruction of forests and biodiversity for solar projects. The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) must end all subsidies for land based solar.
Plymouth, Wareham and Carver and surrounding towns are the sacrifice zone for DOER energy policy. AD Makepeace Company, the largest landowner in eastern Massachusetts has been implementing a strategic plan to remove earth, strip mine and sell it and then use it for solar projects. Makepeace has been working with Borrego Solar for 10 years to find the most lucrative sand deposits on its landholdings. Then Makepeace tells local permitting agencies that the earth will be used for “agricultural purposes.” There is no documentation. Instead, it appears at least 18 million cubic yards of earth has been sold off for private profit.
The ongoing strip mines and deforestation for land based solar is causing massive, cumulative impacts to land, water and biodiversity. Here we attempt to document and demand transparency and accountability.