Semantics can't alter 'fracked' gas dangers

To the editor:

In his letter of Jan. 8 ("Anti-pipeline crowd is not being honest"), David Wimberly asserts that people who oppose the Kinder-Morgan pipeline are "dishonest, or worse, seriously ignorant" when they express their health concern over "fracked gas." He says the use of the expression "fracked gas" is a "lazy use of language" and has no bearing — in Mr. Wimberly's understanding — on the actual gas in the pipeline itself. After all, it's just gas.

But by this logic, to speak of "stolen money" is also a lazy use of language. Right! Money is not "stolen." Money is money as a rose is a rose. But in the act and process of stealing money, people's property and health are affected.

The same is true of "fracked gas" that is harmful — to both people and the land — when acquired from wells that are hydraulically fractured.

Samuel W. Smith, Williamstown