In 1859, thousands followed “Colonel” Edwin Drake into the Pennsylvania forest after America’s first major oil well was discovered near Titusville. In 1901, people flooded Beaumont, Texas, when Spindletop gushed.
In 2010, Amy Savage migrated from her native Michigan to western Pennsylvania, chasing the Marcellus Shale boom.
The plan was to move to Pennsylvania and expand the small trucking company she ran with her boyfriend in Michigan. Four years later, she sells millions of dollars worth of fireproof clothing and safety equipment out of two retail stores, with a third on the way.
How she started: Back in Michigan, Savage, 32, and her boyfriend owned a company that specialized in moving oil field equipment from well to well. They had three flatbed trucks and a handful of employees.
But Michigan isn’t a huge oil-producing state, and things were relatively sleepy. The Marcellus — the vast, gas-rich geologic formation under the Appalachian Mountains — was a whole different story. Fracking had unlocked vast new energy supplies, and a boom was in full swing.
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