Just another day bein’ a Fed…

whatcha gonna do?

…on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks… The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, citing restrictions on private developments around dams, says thousands of residences, decks, patios and boathouses appear to encroach on land belonging to the hydroelectric project in violation of federal regulations.

…The dispute pits the government’s rules the governments capricious enforcement of rules for hydroelectric projects against the potential vagaries of land records and private transactions that go back more than 80 years. Riley and other property owners say they have legal deeds to their land that permitted construction. The agency says it has regulations protecting the lake’s recreation, scenery and environment against development.

But nowhere does the gubbmint demonstrate any damage to the facility, its function or its performance.

But some gubbmint pencil-neck may have discovered he has a problem with the View Shed. Yes. View Shed is an actual Planners’ term. View Shed.

So if some bureaucrat thinks these houses are harming the View Shed, he can steal their property.

The winding, 93-mile-long Lake of the Ozarks was created in 1931 by the Bagnell Dam and Osage hydroelectric project, and has become a playground for water sports enthusiasts and vacationers. The thickly wooded shores and hills are dotted with houses, resorts and weekend cottages.

Since 1931.

The problem with the lakefront property arose when Ameren Missouri, the power company that owns the project, applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new 40-year license to operate the dam.


“It is difficult to understand how this collective drain on socioeconomics resources in this region – financial and otherwise – is justifiable, especially given current economic and housing market conditions,” Ameren officials said in a brief filed recently with the federal agency.

…Glenna Hulett, who has lived at the lake since 1958, said she loves her panoramic view but worries that her condo will be worthless unless FERC relents.

“We’re basically sitting on an investment that you can’t sell. It doesn’t have any value,” Hulett said. “It’s an awful lot of uncertainty.”

That’s not “uncertainty,” Hulett — that’s theft. For no stated reason.


  1. PeggyU
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    Smells like Agenda 21.

  2. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 10:31 am |


  3. Merovign
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

    The stated reason is “because I can,” on the part of the bureaucrat.

    You don’t “own” property, you lease it from the all-powerful state, at their discretion.

    Some bureaucrats should be going to prison for conspiracy to violate Constitutional rights. But then, you could say that on any given day…

  4. Whitehall
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |

    Land titles are still the responsibility of the states.

    Why does FERC think they can over-ride those titles?

    “View shed” my potuttie.

  5. PeggyU
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |

    Whitehall – A local government may have granted the Feds the authority. One scenario, which has happened (and is happening) in many communities across the country is this:

    An environmental organization (generally a “non profit” which receives funds from diverse sources, including federal grants) offers its “services” to your community or county or state to do a study on the environmental impact of (fill in the blank) activity. They then make recommendations based on their findings. These recommendations may include passing local regulations to restrict said activity. They may establish local, non-elected “boards” to oversee compliance. They may also assist in getting federal “help” for your community or city or state to meet the new standards. So essentially, people you did not elect to office (people who often don’t even live in your community) are creating policies and initiating contracts that affect your private property ownership … without your input.

    This is Agenda 21 – the implementation of the UN’s plan to undermine nationalism and impose global regulations via environmental activism at the community level. It is all spelled out in their brochure at the UN website. The critical point came when Bush Sr. signed the Rio Accord, which allowed international NGOs to sign agreements with community and state governments, bypassing federal involvement. That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening at the federal level as well … just that we are being caught in a kind of pincer of land use regulation, from above AND below!

    Theft – for no stated reason. The “reason” is because it is part of a larger movement against private property ownership … an ideological goal, rather than a concrete one.

    BTW, if you live in Washington State and you want to REALLY give yourself a headache, do some research on Bill Ruckelshaus and the Ruckelshaus Foundation, and then look to see what their current “projects” involve. Bring a big puke bucket.

    If you want to learn more about efforts to push back, you can google these names: Tom DeWeese and Rosa Coire.

    My current concern is that while yes, things are very alarming at the federal level, they are equally – if not more – worrisome at the grass roots. The foundation is being chipped away. Our rights and our financial reserves are being stolen from us and used against us to promote a vision that is decidedly un-American!