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Frack sand opponents count on fish amendment

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Environmentalists are counting on a game and fish amendment as their last, best chance this legislative session to control frack sand mining in Minnesota.

The amendment would block excavation within a mile of any trout stream in southeastern Minnesota. It has the backing of Gov. Mark Dayton as a way to prevent an explosion of sand mining in a region where the state has a substantial investment in recreational fishing.

Ambitious legislation backed by frack sand mining opponents has generally been defeated this session, so environmentalists are pinning their hopes on the trout stream language. The amendment could get a vote in the Senate as early as Thursday.

Minnesota Industrial Sand Council spokesman Fred Corrigan tells the Star Tribune he doesn't think the amendment will pass.

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