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Corps won't freeze Lake Sakakawea water permits

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota's congressional delegation says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has promised to not impose a moratorium on Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe water permits.

Gov. John Hoeven and the state's congressional delegation had feared the corps would refuse to issue new or amended permits for water from the Missouri River reservoirs while the agency conducts an allocation study that could take up to seven years to complete.

Assistant Army secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy met by teleconference with North Dakota officials on Thursday.

Corps officials declined to comment on the meeting.