Greenfield Industrial Park expansion and White Ash Swamp

Published: 9/21/2022 9:08:05 PM

David Brule's recent My Turn (“An industrial park expansion must respect Native American burial grounds” Recorder, Sept. 12) outlined about five separate permits and about six different laws governing the development of a site abutting, but not located in, the White Ash Swamp. The swamp in the 1950s, according to Mr. Brule, received excavation material containing human remains from a Native American site. Because of the relocation, the remains have lost most scientific or historic value. Apparently, no one knows exactly who the remains are of or in what condition they are 70 years later, although they come from a site that presumably had Native American, and perhaps other, graves. Since people have been in the Americas for at least 10,000 years, everywhere we walk, people have died.

As a lawyer,  I know that compliance with the myriad, well-intentioned laws and permits add years of uncertainty and hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs. It is a great source of employment for lawyers, consultants, and non profits. However, anyone intending to build any kind of industrial facility is unlikely to take the risk or uncertainty. An employer can't wait two years to find out if a site is even possible to lease. This is  yet another reason to ship jobs to Asia . 

It's Greenfield's choice.

Babette Krolik



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