Deep Dialogue – 3/25/24 – Sand Wars in Cranberry Country

Posted on Mar 27, 2024 | Deep Dialogues and Expert Series

Meg Sheehan and Katherine Harrelson of the Community Land and Water Coalition (CLWC), a grassroots network of groups and individuals working to protect, preserve and steward the land and water resources of Southeastern Massachusetts, led this important and disturbing presentation on misuse of critical land in Southeastern Massachusetts.


CLWC conducts outreach, education, research and advocacy on state and local issues
impacting our communities and the environment. Southeastern Massachusetts is the location of the globally rare Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens, home to at least 220 listed plant and animal species. It is the ancestral home of the Wampanoag people who still live here. Seven towns in the region overlie the federally designated Plymouth Carver Sole-Source Aquifer. About 200,000 people rely on the Aquifer for drinking water.
                  

The region is one of the fastest growing in the state, with significant Environmental Justice communities. Industrial scale mining for globally rare silica sand has been ravaging the region for decades. As the scarcity increases, the mining has accelerated and is impacting every corner of the region. Industrial scale ground mounted solar, floating solar and dual use solar projects are also ravaging forests, farmland, changing the region’s rural character and permanently destroying our shared environmental and cultural heritage.

We are documenting the mining operations and our activities on our YouTube Channel and website. You can make a difference by signing our petition to Governor Healey for a moratorium on sand mining in Southeastern Massachusetts!

Find out more on CLWC’s website: www.communitylandandwater.org. Read our new report Sand Wars: An investigation into the money, politics and corruption behind sand mining and its silent environmental crisis in Southeastern Massachusetts and view the 10 and 5 minute videos: www.sandwarssoutheasternma.org

Meg Sheehan is a public interest environmental lawyer with roots in Plymouth MA. She is coordinator for Community Land and Water Coalition, a project of Save the Pine Barrens based in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Coalition’s mission is to protect, preserve and steward the land and water resources of the region.

She served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Environmental Protection Division and as a Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University and J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Katherine Harrelson is an Environmental Analyst with Community Land and Water Coalition. Prior to working for CLWC, she worked for 18 years as an environmental technician and geologist, during which time she conducted extensive environmental monitoring of groundwater, surface water, soil vapor, ambient air and wastewater at remediation sites for GM, Dow, DuPont and Rohm & Haas, and at superfund sites, landfills, power plants and oil refineries.

The video of this important presentation is here.

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