WorldOil Husky Energy begins steam operations at Rush Lake Husky Energy has started commercial steam operations at the 10,000 bpd provider, Rush Lake heavy oil thermal project in Saskatchewan, approximately eight weeks ahead of schedule. OPEC seen unyielding in oil-market share battle with shale OPEC will stick with the strategy of favoring market share over prices when it meets next month because rival producers are already starting to buckle. Oil rout spurs Canadian Pacific to cut shipments forecast Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. cut its forecast for moving crude by rail for a second time in four months because of production delays and lower demand for the commodity. This year’s total will probably be 100,000 to 140,000 carloads, Chief Operating Officer Keith Creel said Wednesday. Canadian Pacific had forecast 140,000 in January, a reduction from its original outlook of 200,000. Risk from Canada’s oil sands reputation is as challenging as costs Canada’s oil sands industry faces an equal risk from its reputation as an environmental laggard, as from high operating costs, industry observers said. The failure to win approval for pipelines like TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway is tied to concerns about carbon emissions with oil production, Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, said at the Bloomberg Economic Series Canada summit in Toronto. “The oil sands feeds into concern about the climate,” he said. “The primary driving concern is climate.” Exxon Mobil accelerates Iran sanctions lobbying as nuke deal looms Exxon Mobil Corp. is ramping up lobbying efforts with the U.S. government over Iranian sanctions that have locked out American oil companies from the Middle Eastern nation for more than three decades. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded crude producer by market value, hired the lobbying firm founded by former Senator Don Nickles—an Oklahoma Republican—to work on Iranian sanctions, according to federal disclosure documents. This is the first time since 2010 that the Irving, Texas-based oil company enlisted outside lobbyists to discuss Iran. Brazilian gas producer PGN plans $500 million output growth Parnaiba Gas Natural SA, Brazil’s biggest independent natural gas producer, is investing 1.5 billion reais ($500 million) in projects, including developing five fields in the country’s northeast. The producer, backed by Cambuhy Investimentos, which counts Brazilian billionaire Pedro Moreira Salles as an investor, expects the plan to increase gas output 71%, to 8.4 MMcmd (297 MMcfd) by July 2016, said Henrique Rzezinski, institutional relations vice president of the company, known as PGN Rosneft acquires 100% of Solimoes project from HRT Rosneft Brasil and PetroRio (the new brand of HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.) have announced the signing of the Rosneft Brasil transaction to acquire PetroRio’s 55% in the Solimões project. California declares state of emergency in Santa Barbara to assist oil spill response California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of an oil spill near Refugio State Beach on Tuesday. BG takes full operational control of Queensland Curtis LNG in Australia BG Group announced Thursday that operational control of Train 1 at its Queensland Curtis LNG plant has been formally transferred to QGC, BG Group's Australian subsidiary, from Bechtel Australia, which constructed the facility. Expro wins the RoSPA President’s Award 2015 Expro has won the President’s Award, following 11 consecutive Gold Awards, in the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015. ‘Shale-ionaires’ suffering from wave of bankrupt oil drillers At the height of the U.S. energy boom, Texas landowner John Baen received about $100,000 a month in royalty payments from companies producing oil and natural gas on his property.