Is This Conservative Think Tank Astroturfing EPA To OK Pebble Mine?

"Are pro-mining forces trying to sway the Environmental Protection Agency on Pebble Mine?"

"Last month, I reported on the potential environmental threats posed by the massive proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska. The EPA conducted a watershed analysis, released in April, that showed that the mine would endanger rivers and the Bristol Bay, as well as the region's salmon fishery. The EPA extended the comment period through the end of June, allowing more time for the public to weigh in.

A number of organizations, both pro- and anti-Pebble, had circulated mass mailings asking supporters to comment. You've seen the type; they're form letters that people can sign onto via email. As of Friday, pro-mining groups had generated 118,294 comments from those mass mailings. But 117,401 of those comments—or 99.25 percent—came from a single group called Resourceful Earth."

Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones June 17, 2013.
 

Source: Mother Jones, 06/18/2013