Strip Mining

ZBA Request for Enforcement Carver

This page is devoted to Save the Pine Barrens Campaigns regarding strip mining in Plymouth County.

Read more about strip mining in:

  1. Carver
  2. Plymouth


September 28, 2021: Consultant says no evidence of agriculture. #stopthetrucks

July 28, 2021 A fifth written notice has been provided to the Carver Earth Removal Committee that their actions in permitting AD Makepeace earth removal and trucking operations at numerous locations within the Town of Carver are causing threats to public health, safety, and welfare. This letter provides first-hand testimony from local residents along with photographs documenting the ongoing unsafe, hazardous, and dangerous traffic and road conditions arising from and directly related to the Earth Removal Committee’s decision to grant, approve, renew, and extend multiple AD Makepeace Earth Removal permits for industrial sand mining operations and trucking at numerous locations.

Recordings for the July 28th Carver Earth Removal Committee Meeting can be found here and here.

July 7, 2021 What is left of once pristine Pine Barrens in Carver, Massachusetts. AD Makepeace and Borrego Solar continue to destroy and desecrate delicate ecosystems for profit. Our planet is experiencing multiple environmental crises and Massachusetts considers clear-cutting and strip-mining to be the solution? Photos taken July 6, 2021 at Makepeace Read Custom Soils site, Carver MA. The fake “soil blending facility” approved by Carver and blessed by the corrupt officials at the state’s highest environmental office repeatedly stating there was no environmental damage warranting an environmental impact report. We are neither blind nor stupid. They are corrupt.


June 29, 2021: Save the Pine Barrens (STPB) today sent a letter to the Town of Carver demanding an immediate cease and desist to all sand mining operations by AD Makepeace. In a letter to the Building Commissioner who is responsible for making sure that the zoning laws are followed, STPB described how Makepeace strip mined almost 150 acres, much of it rare and endangered species habitat, to install about 15 megawatts of industrial ground mounted solar and industrial solar panels and battery storage.

“We have tried in good faith to work with Town officials to resolve these egregious violations of the Town’s own laws. This is our third and final request for enforcement. Hundreds of acres of land are being recklessly strip mined with virtually no oversight from anyone. This situation is out of control,” said Meg Sheehan, volunteer attorney with Save the Pine Barrens, a local non-profit.

“Makepeace and Borrego Solar are exploiting the globally rare Pine Barrens ecosystem that is home to over 220 species listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and others under the federal Endangered Species Act. This is not clean energy. Our state’s energy policies force ratepayers and taxpayers to subsidize our own destruction. These project have denuded intact, pristine forests where carbon was stored for 11,000 years. Why the strip mining? For valuable silica sand. Residents of Carver are being robbed of not only the earth removal fees but also of clean water and a livable planet,” said STPB volunteer attorney Meg Sheehan.

The strip mining sites are located adjacent to Environmental Justice communities in Carver identified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as most heavily impacted by environmental degradation and pollution. The solar sites are also impacting Environmental Justice communities.

The strip mining and solar installations are impacting the ancestral homelands of the Wampanoag people. To date, almost a dozen almost a dozen archeological sites have been impacted or destroyed by AD Makepeace strip mining and Borrego Solar installations. There has been no free, prior, informed consent with the impacted communities.

STPB has been discussing this matter with the Carver Earth Removal Committee since April, 2021 when the strip mining and solar operations reached an intolerable level and residents said, Enough. “This environmental destruction and the cover-ups need to stop now,” Sheehan said. “It is apparent that the Town has no control over this situation and is unwilling to enforce their own laws to protect their residents. Is it corruption, conflict of interest, or the Cranberry Cosa Nostra? We don’t know but we do no there is no excuse for destroying our communities and forests and polluting our water,” Sheehan said.

The regional coalition is raising awareness about the fragile globally rare Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens and supporting communities seeking to preserve their environmental and cultural heritage.

June 15, 2021 A few years ago pristine Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens stood in this very spot. Now the area is a barren wasteland, stripped of forests and life and replaced by industrial solar arrays. An area once teeming with biodiversity has been desecrated and strip-mined by Makepeace.

Location: 0 Hammond road (Borrego Solar site) Carver, MA