Missouri’s entire U.S. House delegation is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to respect property rights in Lake of the Ozarks. In a letter to FERC’s chairman dated yesterday, the delegation says the proposed changes to the Shoreline Management Plan made by FERC could lead to the unnecessary removal of thousands of lake homes and other structures. The letter says the removal would change longstanding policies surrounding private property and could lead to economic turmoil for local property owners and business people. The U.S. House delegation also asks that FERC work with Ameren to address the 1,200 homes and 2,800 other structures that are currently non-conforming, with the congressmen asking that the May 2012 deadline be extended to accommodate Ameren’s intent to redraw the project boundary in certain areas and grandfather other structures. The congressmen believe Ameren’s plan is the best course of action. Three congressmen from Illinois also signed the letter addressed to Jon Wellinghoff, the FERC chairman.