Carver: AD Makepeace mining operation under the ruse of cranberry agriculture and site preparation for Borrego Solar “Golden Field” project on Federal Road

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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 of agriculture and site preparation for solar

Makepeace never got an earth removal permit from Carver for the commercial mining operation

Makepeace misrepresented the mining operation as agricultural excavation with the sand and gravel to be used on its cranberry bogs

Instead, Makepeace used the sand and gravel to supply its Read Custom Soils business located across Federal Road from the mining site

BEFORE: Pristine Upland Forest Before AD Makepeace & Borrego Strip Mine, 2016
AFTER: 2021 after AD Makepeace & Borrego Solar Strip Mine & Solar
May 8, 2021 Makepeace is expanding the strip mine – operating in violation of the Town of Carver Earth Removal permit.
AD Makepeace and Borrego Solar strip mine site, about 2019

Video of AD Makepeace destruction at the Golden Pond Site in Carver is on YouTube:

Borrego partners with AD Makepeace — identifying the highest points of land with the largest volume of earth and putting solar installations there. Grabbing ratepayer and taxpayer subsidies to do this. The ruse and the cheating is being exposed.Here’s some info about Borrego Solar. Here’s the top tier management with their contact info. Source: Pitchbook.

AD Makepeace CEO Jim Kane explains the business plan that his company has with Borrego Solar: ADM does an earth removal operation generating millions in sales of valuable silica sand via its Read Custom Soils subsidiary, Then ADM leases the land to Borrego Solar for 20 years. When the solar “fad” is over Borrego takes out its “junk” and ADM puts in subdivisions. Very well thought out plan — gotta give the guy credit! Too bad most of it is based on misrepresentations and sham permits.

May 13, 2021 — BUSTED!

An explosive new video shows AD Makepeace violating its Carver earth removal permit by running trucks at 150% over the permitted level. This is at just one site-they are operating three sites. We demand that the Town of Carver shut down these operations immediately. We have sent a second request for enforcement.

Makepeace’s own reports show violations — and according to Carver, these truck numbers don’t include sand and gravel sold commercially to cranberry bog companies.

There are criminal and civil penalties for violating an earth removal permit: $100 per violation. Bylaw section 9.1.9. The truck limit is 50 per day.

These time comparison shots of AD Makepeace Read Custom Soils site on Federal Road in Carver on the Plymouth line show the strip mining between 2010 and 2018. It has been going on continuously since 2018. More has been destroyed. Photos from Google Earth Pro (free for downloading on the internet).

We are racing against the clock to save biodiversity and humanity from the destructive extraction of “sand and gravel” in Southeastern Massachusetts and from and the bright green lie of clean energy is destroying out pristine globally rare forests.

Our letter is here.


May 13, 2021 UPDATE:

Saturday, May 8, 2021: Carver, MA, USA Location: “Golden Field” solar project site and strip mine expansion, Federal Road, Carver, Massachusetts.

BUSTED: AD Makepeace violating its earth removal permit by operating past noon on a Saturday.

May 8, 2021: Time is 1 p.m. AD Makepeace is violating the Carver Earth Removal Permit that prohibits work after 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

AD Makepeace Co. strip mined millions of dollars worth of sand from a Priority Habitat area in Wareham in 2014 under the ruse of agriculture. Now it is a 50 acre Borrego Solar site.

For the Borrego Solar “Golden Field” project, 50 acres of globally rare pristine upland Pine Barrens forests were leveled. Another 100 acres is currently being destroyed under an Earth Removal Permit from Carver claiming this is an agricultural operation. A total of about 500 acres will be strip mined for industrial solar “site preparation” if the 10th, 11th and 12th projects now proposed for Wareham goes ahead.

At the Golden Field solar and strip mine site, endangered Eastern Box Turtles have been killed. Unknown numbers of plants and animals and rare biodiversity of the Pine Barrens ecosystem have been destroyed at this site.

The area contained evidence of a Wampanoag work area. It was destroyed under cover of a letter from Mass Historic Commission. Note that the letter says it is for an AD Makepeace “agricultural project.” Strip mining is not an agricultural operation.

The Golden Field solar project and strip mine was allowed to pass Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review without an environmental impact report. The AD Makepeace-Borrego MEPA Environmental Notification Form is filled with inconsistencies and unverified claims.

The reason there are so many trucks in Wareham is that Carver’s Earth Removal Committee makes AD Makepeace use Wareham roads to haul out the earth-not Carver roads.

To get the permit for a massive project permitted in 2020 — at least 160 truck trips a day hauling sand for 4 years — Carver told Makepeace it had to use Wareham roads, not Carver roads when leaving the site. Watch out Wareham. More dangerous truck traffic coming your way, destroying your roads.

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