Of course this for many turns into a circle jerk fest for some Cons in this thread who will pin this kind of thing on "Obama Big Gov regulation" so on and so forth without looking at the big picture.
I live on a lake where you're not allowed to build any kind of structure along its banks by law, and we're ok with that, the issue here is that if they don't enforce the zoning restrictions then it gives carte blanche to those who haven't done so yet to start building whatever they want.
I'm sure no one intended to break the law and in the end the gov probably won't end up doing anything but for those throwing their partisan sperm towel all over this, please stop making fools of yourselves.
From the original article. "... The dispute pits the government's 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... "
How far back have there been zoning laws, and who ignored them to allow the illegal buildings?
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Reminds me of what the government did to the indians. Is this the beginning of the reservation system for all Americans?
Zoning laws don't trump the Constitution, which guarantees us our property rights.
So how does the bring Obama into the story?
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So let's see, the prior owner of the energy company had no problem with it, sold the land and now some bureaucrat decides that the letter of the regulation supersedes the rights of the property owner, and the electric company has no problem with the structures built there.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. A required shoreline plan noted that some structures had been built over time on some of the utility's property for the dam, in many cases when Union Electric Co., an earlier form of Ameren, was the owner. How the property was sold was not clear. But the utility had no problem with many of the structures.
FERC objected, however.
This is not a common sense ruling by this bureaucracy, it is heavy handed, and wrong headed.