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  • Our view: FERC authoritization ends a giant headache

  • An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week is the final chapter in what has been a long, hard fought battle between lake property owners and the federal agency that oversees Ameren Missouri's operation of Lake of the Ozarks.
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  • An order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week is the final chapter in what has been a long, hard fought battle between lake property owners and the federal agency that oversees Ameren Missouri's operation of Lake of the Ozarks.
    FERC has at last signed off on Ameren doing the right thing and letting property owners caught up in a boundary dispute off the hook. This ends, or should, years of ongoing anxiety and financial disruption for homeowners on Lake of the Ozarks
    Several years ago when FERC, as part of the shoreline management plan, ordered Ameren Missouri to face the possibility of the removal of more than a thousand structures, including homes that had been in families for three generations, were on the wrong side of project boundaries of Lake of the Ozarks, it ignited a firestorm of controversy that while it started here, make no mistake it ended in Washington, D.C.
    The initial outcry from the 1,500 property owners directly impacted by the real estate tangles exposed by the plan caught the attention of Washington politicians.
    With the threat of removal of thousands of homes and other structures along the shoreline, Missouri’s senators and representatives, joined with landowners, focusing their attention on FERC and demanding their rights be protected. Among the outspoken was Rep. Vicky Hartzler.
    When the protest landed in FERC's hands, they were looking for a way out.
    When Ameren wisely revised the plan based on establishing the 662 mark as their property line and grandfathering what that new border did not fix, FERC officials wasted little time in agreeing. The most recent order is a sign that FERC is standing by their agreement.
    FERC is doing the right thing.
    The credit goes to the lake residents, realtors, title companies and elected representatives who stood their ground against a government agency that believed it had the final say.
    While we may not always agree with Hartzler, she never lost sight of the issue and remained intent on making sure the people here at Lake of the Ozark's voices were heard.
    It has been once again proven that, in a country like ours, people still have hope of keeping government in line.
    Those who worked so hard for this should be proud that they played a role in shaping the future of Lake of the Ozarks.

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