Friday, October 21, 2011

We're the government and we're here to help

For those who don't know, the Lake of the Ozarks is a man-made lake in southwest Missouri that has become an extremely popular place to build vacation homes.  There are thousands of such homes on the lake's 1,150 miles of shoreline.  Well, it turns out that over the course of several decades, many of the homes have been built on land within Ameren Missouri's Bagnell Dam and Osage hydroelectric project.  (The lake exists because the Bagnell Dam was built on the Osage River to generate hydro power.)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has decided that all homes and other structures built on this land must be removed, a move that would affect about 1,200 residences.  Ameren, however, says that the homes do not affect its operations and, instead, wants to simply redraw the lines to exclude the homes from the zone.  To date, howeve, FERC says that the homes and other structures "should be removed in a timely manner and the site restored to pre-existing conditions." 

Missouri's two senators, Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, are stepping in to see if they can prevent FERC's outrageous regulatory imbecility.  According to McCaskill,
It is hard to understand how the people who work at this agency thought telling thousands of people to tear down their houses made any sense....It is flat wrong and the last thing these families or the housing market at the Lake needs right now. We are going to do everything in our power to fix this mess.
And, from Blunt:
This is an example of another federal agency acting as if commonsense has been thrown out the window.  People have been paying taxes on this property for years, and in some cases, decades. The federal government does not own this property, and this is a ridiculous overreach by the Obama Administration.
Bravo, Claire and Roy.