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.
Plympton: SLT withdraws permit application; appears SLT still violating Plympton Sept. 28, 2022 Cease & Desist Order by mining
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?
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.
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 Voters! Vote YES at Town Meeting April 11 to Protect Our Drinking Water, Unique Rural Community
Town Meeting in Carver is April 11, 2023. Citizen Petitions aim to protect drinking water, forest, and control large ground mounted industrial solar and battery storage.
Wareham: 0 Route 25 Proposed Solar Site Threatens Pine Barrens Forest, Drinking Water and Way of Life
Wareham Planning Board asks tough questions of solar developer looking to clear cut 21 acres of forest and cover over a strip mine for a large ground mounted solar project. This has all the components of Solar Gone Wrong.
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
The Plymouth Selectboard made a deal with Claremont Developers behind closed doors in late 2022. In exchange for a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals Claremont will gift up to $3 million to the town for a water booster pump. This is a short term, 5-year solution to the town’s water crisis, according to the Town Manager. Selectman Bletzer lobbied the ZBA for the permit, publicly. Claremont is deep in a web of questionable dealings. In addition, a lawsuit has been filed challenging the ZBA permit issued as part of the deal.