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FRAC SAND: Study finds small job growth in mining communities

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Frac sand mining has been a contentious issue in Minnesota, and it's one that was revived at the state Capitol on Wednesday after a study found the industry has a small impact on job growth.

The research conducted in Wisconsin by a University of Montana economist found even in the leading sand mining communities, the impact on job growth was small.

That economist also put together a list of critical questions for local governments to consider when making decisions on mining operations.

On Wednesday, a member of the Wabasha City Council spoke out to say that what is really lacking is a statewide master plan on mining.

"Everybody is looking at it as 'my community versus your community,'" said Lynn Schoen. "That's what's missing -- we're missing a comprehensive look at where it does make sense and where it doesn't make sense."

Earlier on in this legislative session, bills that would have established a temporary moratorium on new frac sand mining permits failed to pass in the House and Senate; however, both chambers will vote on an environmental quality board that would create model sand mining standards later this week.

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