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Rock samples collected by Dolly Varden Silver Corporation

A weekly roundup of news and views on energy, mining, forestry, agriculture, and more

Silver win. In a decision hailed as a precedent, Vancouver-based Dolly Varden Silver Corp. was allowed to go ahead with a private placement equity offering in a joint hearing of the Ontario and B.C. securities commissions. The $6-million placement was a defensive strategy to a hostile takeover bid by Idaho-based Hecla Mining Co. This decision may thwart the takeover, as Hecla had previously stated it would not proceed with a takeover if the private placement was allowed to go ahead. (Financial Post)

You want consultation? The federal Liberals hastily organized a series of public round-table discussions on the Kinder Morgan controversial oil pipeline expansion. Reporter Brian Hutchinson goes inside the Chilliwack meeting to see what happens. (National Post)

Ramping up rail safety. Starting in November, tank cars like those involved in the deadly rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., will no longer be allowed to transport oil in Canada, says Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. The use of railcars to transport oil has soared in recent years. (CBC)

Energy futures. In the era of climate change and carbon reduction policies, where do big oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell put their eggs? In the LNG basket, of course. (BloombergBusinessweek)

Here’s your rainbow chard, beets, arugula and Italian olive oil. Models of community-supported agriculture have blossomed over the last decade, sold as ways to connect organic or small-scale farmers to customers. But who is benefiting more, farmers or the middlemen? (New York Times)