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?
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.
Plymouth: Water deal with Claremont Development raises questions about accountability, transparency and Open Meeting Law Violations
Update: 2/22/2023 Plymouth Selectboard agenda reveals Open Meeting Law violations – backlog of 14 sets of minutes on the agenda. The failure to “reasonably review”
Wareham: AD Makepeace, Beals+Thomas unpermitted sand mining under the ruse of agriculture & solar destroys 42-acres of Priority Habitat designated by Natural Heritage at Charlotte Furnace Road
The AD Makepeace Co. Charlotte Furnace Road, Wareham solar site is solar gone wrong. 42 acres of BioMap2 Priority Habitat DESTROYED. Beals+Thomas Engineers and MEPA office go along with this destruction. This is a disgrace to our state.
Carver: AD Makepeace mining operation under the ruse of cranberry agriculture and site preparation for Borrego Solar “Golden Field” project on Federal Road
Five years is all it took for AD Makepeace to obliterate 50 acres of pristine uplands Pine Barrens forest by strip mining under the ruse