AD Makepeace strip mining in Plymouth

Under the guise of building a cranberry bog, AD Makepeace got a permit from the Town of Plymouth to extract 6.5 million cubic yards of sand and gravel along the Wankinko River. See GIS map below. This map shows that the excavation occurred the highest points of land – 100 feet – on the site. Google Earth maps show that excavation is continuing in this area.

AD Makepeace claimed to the Town of Plymouth that this permit was necessary to build cranberry bogs — while at the same time telling state regulators that it was not building cranberry bogs because the industry was in a slump, saying instead it needed to build land based industrial solar projects.

Plymouth has not enforced the earth removal permit against Makepeace and has collected no earth removal fees.