The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a new order, stating that no structures rightfully built along the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline will have to be removed. Lakefront residents have feared they could lose their homes, patios, boathouses and gazebos after FERC said in July that thousands of structures many may have to be demolished. In its revised order, FERC directs Ameren Missouri to redraw its territory around the lake by next June, to remove unneeded land so that most homes and structures no longer are considered to be within the boundaries of the shoreline management plan.
Commission chairman Jeff Wellinghoff says the new order should resolve all outstanding issues associated with the Shoreline Management Plan and bring the matter “to a swift and satisfactory resolution.”
Senator Claire McCaskill says “This appears to be very good news,
we’re going to dig into this with the folks at FERC and make sure we have our facts straight, and tomorrow morning I plan to talk directly to Lake stakeholders to help clarify exactly what this order means for them.”
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has issued a statement, as well, saying “It is my hope that FERC and Ameren will continue to work in a constructive way to resolve any differences in the plan that remain.”