As I adventure on the Little River tributaries, I am pleased to see that the Commonwealth in the form of the DEP and New Ventures are pleased with a new engineer and his plans for the berm.
Of course, I don’t believe the article that somehow everyone is going to join hands and sing Kum Ba Yah. There are many little issues that have to be resolved. The Bible talks about the little foxes that spoil the grapes. In our landfill, it’s the giant piles of rubble sitting squarely on Crow Lane that spoil the view! Or the drain that kicks the water straight down the Crow Lane City property!
A lot of I’s have to be dotted before this landfill is successfully capped.
But the berm is everything. Without a correct berm, the landfill could collapse, causing eruptions of gas and pollutants and smell. The landfill without proper support could crack open, emitting poison gas. Recently deaths occurred when a landfill broke open in 1991!
The berm if breached could send pollutants into prime Common Pasture land, and eventually pollutants into the Great Marsh and the Gulf of Maine.
Consequently the berm is everything – WE NEED OUR EYES FOCUSED ON EVERY ISSUE THAT CONCERNS IT.