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.
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,
Carver-Plymouth: Weston Franklin Marsh – Ryco Excavating mining operation continues under the ruse of cranberry agriculture
Craig & Gary Weston, part of the cranberry “Cosa Nostra” of Carver as they call themselves, are doing a massive strip mine under the false pretense of agriculture. In Jan. 2023, the Plymouth Planning Board joined the Plymouth ZBA in complicity in this exploitation of legal loopholes and solar subsidies. The Planning Board approved “floating solar” for the illegally created reservoir.
March 20, 2023: Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals rules no violations, claims this is not “mining” WHO’S KIDDING WHO? Since permit expired, all work must
Court rules for protection of wetlands, water quality and against Borrego Solar and AD Makepeace in lawsuit challenging 65-acre ground mounted industrial solar project on rare Pine Barrens forest
Halifax: Morse Brothers Cranberry & Ryco Excavating mining operation continues under the ruse of agriculture, obtains Mass. Dept. Agriculture/USDA subsidies for “bog renovation”
December 29, 2023: Halifax Board of Selectmen issues cease and desist Hearing January 10, 2023: residents explain violations, threat to drinking water wells, Monponsett Pond
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
Carver: Alex Johnson Cranberry-Maki & G. Lopes Excavating mining operation under false pretense of cranberry agriculture exposed
Jan. 25, 2023 Earth Removal Committee: public hearing on Maki-Lopes application to expand December 5, 2022: A Citizens Suit Law demand letter and notice of
Plymouth: ZBA ignores AD Makepeace mining operation under the false pretense of cranberry agriculture
On December 14, 2022, the Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) sided with Makepeace claiming that a 214-acre sand and gravel mine is a “agricultural