-- 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.
-- Tethys names exploration vice-president Tethys Petroleum Ltd. has appointed Rosemary Johnson-Sabine as vice-president, exploration. Johnson-Sabine joins Tethys from Maersk Oil & Gas.
-- US's Rice, UK officials seek Turkmen oil, gas US Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice is to meet Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to discuss possible US investment in the Central Asian republic's energy sector.