December 28, 1988 |
This town is gradually fading away. Every time a family moves out, the oil company that owns all the land here buys the vacated home and has it demolished, clearing the way for drilling into the deposit of oil beneath Fellows. The Santa Fe Energy Co. is a benign landlord, by most accounts. The company has never forced anyone out of town. It owns one-year leases on all the houses, and no one who has wanted to renew one has ever been refused.