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Third-Generation Texas Rancher Explores Fracking’s Effect On His Family’s Land

Hugh Fitzsimons III talks about his book, A Rock Between Two Rivers.

Hugh Fitzsimons III
Third-generation Texas rancher Hugh Fitzsimons III.


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Hugh Fitzsimons III is a third-generation rancher from South Texas. He intended his new book, A Rock Between Two Rivers, to be a sort of exposé on the environmental hazards fracking posed to his family's ranch.

But that's not exactly what it became. It's a chronicle of the complicated ways his family has changed the land over the generations — and how the land has changed them.

In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the core of his ranch’s story all has always been water — and the threats to it that have changed over the centuries, including fracking.

Fitzsimons will be in Houston Thursday night for an event at Brazos Bookstore.


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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