-- Eni chief expects end to Kashagan stalemate Eni SPA CEO Paolo Scaroni said he remains optimistic about a resolution to the stalemate with the Kazakh government over the company's project to develop offshore Kashagan oil field.
-- Turkmen head invites foreign oil, gas investment Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, who this week met with US Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice, has encouraged international investment in his country's oil and gas industry.
-- DOI auditor probe finds other royalties flaws at MMS A US DOI internal investigation found that four auditors in the MMS's Minerals Revenue Management division did not follow departmental procedures for reporting royalty and interest underpayment allegations.
-- Abu Dhabi National units to buy PrimeWest Abu Dhabi National Energy, through its wholly owned Canadian subsidiaries TAQA North and 1350849 Alberta, agreed to buy oil and gas producer PrimeWest Energy Trust for $5 billion (Can.).
-- Alaska governor named IOGCC chair Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was selected to chair the 2008 IOGCC, replacing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who announced Sept. 24 that he was stepping down from that post.
-- IOGCC: EPA to measure VOCs from oil, gas fields US state and federal air quality and environmental agencies are discussing how to better estimate and measure the level of volatile organic compounds emissions coming from oil and gas production facilities.
-- SEG: Geophysics role large in unconventionals Geophysical methods will have important applications in commercializing unconventional oil and gas resources, a panel of geoscientists told the opening session of SEG's annual meeting Sept. 24 in San Antonio.