May 07, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog, Weekly Update Severance taxLast Monday, Governor Wolf joined bipartisan legislators to announce the introduction of legislation that would create a commonsense severance tax in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state without a severance tax.“Since day one of my term as governor, I have fought to enact a reasonable severance tax that would give Pennsylvanians their fair share of the energy boom that is powered by resources that belong to all of us,” said Governor Wolf.The proposed severance tax would generate an estimated $248.7 million in the next fiscal year alone to address critical budget needs and would also keep the current impact fee in place, ensuring that this important revenue source for local municipalities stays intact.ManufacturingBuilding on his efforts to promote job training and connect students with career pathways, on Tuesday Governor Wolf announced a new fellowship program through his Manufacturing PA initiative. This program will partner undergraduate or graduate students at Pennsylvania colleges and universities with local manufacturers and fund student specific research projects that develop new products or processes for the company. On Friday, the governor also announced a $135,000 grant to the Manufacturers Resource Center to develop a new training program with Lehigh Carbon Community College, providing 20 trainees with certifications and college credits.Criminal justiceOn Thursday, Governor Wolf hosted a press conference alongside Congressman Dwight Evans, Senator Larry Farnese, Representative Donna Bullock, artist Robert “Meek Mill” Williams and Sixers Co-Owner and entrepreneur Michael Rubin.“I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless, and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released,” Governor Wolf said.View a list of initiatives outlined by Governor Wolf.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 29, 2018 – May 5, 2018Monday, 4/30/18Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Williamsport for Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax LegislationTuesday, 5/1/18Governor Wolf Again Asks House GOP Leaders to Advance Domestic Violence LegislationGovernor Wolf Launches New Fellowship Program to Connect Students and Manufacturers to Advance Innovation in PennsylvaniaFirst Lady Frances Wolf Joins Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs to Honor PennsylvaniansAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018Wednesday, 5/2/18Governor Wolf Hosts First Opioid Command Center on the Road in Southwest PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf Announces Plans for Special Congressional ElectionsGovernor Wolf Announces New Small Business Loan Approvals for Eight Projects in Six Counties, Supporting Nearly 700 JobsThursday, 5/3/18Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice ReformPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Northeast RegionFriday, 5/4/18Governor Wolf Announces Grant for New Manufacturing Training Program in the Lehigh ValleyHighlights from TwitterI’m proud to join state legislators, @sixers co-owner @MichaelGRubin, and artist @MeekMill today to announce proposals for criminal #JusticeReform in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/Bvp1Ny4mt2— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 3, 2018 Weekly Update: Fighting for a Severance Tax, Connecting Workers and Manufacturers, and Advocating for Criminal Justice Reform Since day one as governor, I have fought to enact a commonsense severance tax and today I’m joining bipartisan legislators to renew that call. It is well past time that we join all other major gas-producing states in getting a fair share of natural gas profits for our citizens. pic.twitter.com/vTML1Z5u2Q— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 30, 2018
Offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has appointed a new business development director.Aquaterra said that Christian Berven was appointed to the position and that it strengthened its EMEA operations by opening offices in Stavanger, Norway.Berven joins the company following ten years as managing director of Norwegian oil service company, Toolserv. He has more than 22 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry and has worked across Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. He has also held senior positions with global players, Cameron and Interwell.Regarding his appointment, Berven said: “Aquaterra Energy has huge potential to evolve and develop as an essential service and solutions provider in Norway and across Europe. Though competition is tough in this region, I am confident that our experience, reputation and unwavering focus on quality assurance and HSE, will see the company strengthen its position and secure a strong foothold in the market.”George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, added: “2018 is going to be an extremely exciting year and I’m delighted to welcome Christian into our business as we expand and strengthen our operations within EMEA. We understand the importance of being visible and active in key markets, as local engagement is vital to build on reputations and to continue to grow our business.”The Norwich-based firm was the first to secure a multi-million-pound investment from EV Private Equity, as part of its pledge last year to support fast-growing North Sea businesses.The company said that part of EV’s investment was used for funding to expand its fleet of high-pressure riser systems. Four of the five systems have already been contracted for work in 2018.