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Topics: Norway investigates 'substantial' oil and gas leak on BP platform, BP Norwegian leak small but endangered facility, Study: Virtually all Ala. tar balls from BP spill, Gulf Fisheries Rebounding From BP Spill, Government Says, New BP spill claims process running into some familiar problems, BP Spill Victims Claim Gulf Hurricane Undermines Accord, Make sure BP does its job | Editorial | HoumaToday.com, David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society: Time for BP's Fantasy to Turn Into Payback for the Gulf, BP asks judge to toss fuel sellers’ claims that 2010 oil spill tarnished BP brand name, BP to Sell Texas City Refinery, BP's Political Risk Problem In Russia: Who Is In Charge?, Medvedev govt to rule on BP's sale of TNK-BP

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Anyone want to take bets that the cause of this spill will be anything other than shoddy maintenance and lackadaisical safety procedures? At least this time no one got injured or killed and the leak was apparently fairly small. There was very little news coverage considering this incident caused evacuation of platform facilities.
Norway investigates 'substantial' oil and gas leak on BP platform
4:22PM BST 18 Sep 2012

Norwegian authorities said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into a "substantial" oil and gas leak on a production platform operated by BP off the coast of Norway.

"No people were injured and no damage caused to the installation beyond the equipment directly involved. But the [Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority] PSA considers the incident to have had a substantial potential," the PSA said in a statement.

The leak occurred on September 12 on the Ula field, in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea, AFP reported.
Production at the site, which reached some 10,000 barrels of oil per day in July according to the Petroleum Directorate, has been suspended since the incident, PSA said.

A spokesman for BP in Norway said the company had launched its own investigation but that it was too early to determine how much oil and gas had leaked out.

“A hydrocarbon leak occurred on September 12 on the Ula field operated by BP in the Norwegian North Sea," the oil giant told the Daily Telegraph.

"Gas was detected in the separator module on the production platform. No people were in the immediate vicinity when the incident occurred. The safety system shut down production immediately, and personnel safely mustered at the lifeboats.




The National Science Foundation does not fund garbage science. It is not at all good news that this research found that some chemicals have not broken down since the BP black monster's assault on the Gulf. I wonder how long the Gulf will have endure these tar balls washing ashore with storms and if BP will be held responsible for doing a timely and proper job of cleaning them up.
Study: Virtually all Ala. tar balls from BP spill
September 20, 2012

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls washing onto the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago.

The report released Thursday by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like tar deposit that’s been in the Gulf for years.

Researchers tested tar found after Hurricane Isaac last month. They found the material is from the BP well, and that certain chemicals in the tar have barely broken down since June 2010.

The work was funded by the city of Orange Beach, the National Science Foundation and others.
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The Norwegian authorities have evidently lost their ever-loving' minds. They plan on allowing BP to decide all by themselves when is safe to resume drilling despite BP's abhorrent safety record as well as their stellar record for telling bald-faced lies. It also sounds like Norway's regulators have simply taken BP's word for the size of the spill.
BP Norwegian leak small but endangered facility
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:06am EDT

(Reuters) - BP's oil leak at the Ula field in Norway is considered serious because its location posed a risk to the facility itself but the spill was contained and does not currently pose an environment risk, the Petroleum Safety Authority said.

"BP has told us the leak was almost entirely contained so this isn't an environmental accident," a PSA spokeswoman told Reuters on Wednesday. "But it was very serious because of its location, due to the danger to the facility."

The oil and gas leak happened in the separator module on Ula's production platform, resulting in a spill on the facility itself and forcing BP to evacuate personnel to the drilling platform, one of the three units that make up the facility.

The PSA's investigation is expected to take months but BP can restart production at its own discretion once their own investigation and repairs ensure safe operation, the safety watchdog added.




I guess the "rebounding" depends on who one asks and what type of catch one is discussing. My money would be on Dean Blanchard's version being closer to reality than No Oil At All's which has consistently tried to minimize the effects of BP's black monster.

I always wonder how the people in the Gulf who rely on the swamps and coast for subsistence are making out. I fear they are seeing less food on their tables and what is there not being safe to eat.
Gulf Fisheries Rebounding From BP Spill, Government Says

September 19, 2012

Gulf of Mexico fisheries are rebounding from the BP Plc (BP/) oil spill, landing more fish last year than in 2009, the year before the worst U.S. offshore marine disaster, the government said.

The total catch was 25 percent bigger last year than in 2009, and 55 percent more than in 2010, the National Marine Fisheries Service said today in a report. In April of that year, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and triggering a spill the government estimated at more than 4 million barrels.

“Our fisheries are on the way up,” Harlon Pearce, chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, said in an interview. Some species are doing better than others, and the industry will “need another year or two of stabilization” before it’s back completely, he said.

The 2011 catch from Gulf states totaled 1.984 billion pounds, up from 1.283 billion in 2010 and 1.583 billion in 2009, the National Marine Fisheries Service, a unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in the report. Landings of menhaden, a fish used mainly for oil and meal, were up 66 percent over 2010. That species accounted for much of the Gulf’s growth, while oysters, crabs and shrimp are still struggling to surpass pre-spill catches, Pearce said.

Report Challenged
Dean Blanchard, chief executive officer of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc., a shrimper based in Grand Isle, Louisiana, said the government statistics are misleading and fail to tell the tale of individual operations. Fishing operations are constrained by geography, because going greater distances to find fish raises transportation costs and eats profits, he said.

The company is suing BP, claiming its settlement offer comes nowhere near meeting the needs of those most affected by the spill.

“We’re not recovering. Where the oil went, there’s nothing left living,” Blanchard said in a telephone interview. “I’m losing customers. I’m just stuck.” Blanchard called the proposed settlement “a joke” and said his catch is about 10 percent to 15 percent of normal.



Gulf Tides 16: Marine Impacts
09/19/2012

This video from the Gulf Restoration network covers some of the negative impacts on Gulf marine life, including some troubling information about how the bait fish, killifish has been impacted. The video also points out that the impact on sea life reproduction from oil spills takes years to become evident. h/t Yasuragi
Gulf Tides 16: Marine Impacts - YouTube




The nightmare continues for people trying to collect money from BP while the new administrator has taken a page from Kenneth Feinberg in whining about "paperwork" as an excuse. The claims process has been such a mess that I'm beginning to think it would be more fair to put the burden on BP to prove who they don't own money to in the Gulf rather than making victims jump through so many hoops.

In the real Gulf fishing world paperwork is nonexistent for many small gulf fishers and it looks like they will come up holding the short straw. I hope the Vietnamese community gets their substance claims covered but there are many non-Vietnamese who need special consideration as well.
New BP spill claims process running into some familiar problems

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 9:03 PM

NEW ORLEANS - The court settlement between BP and thousands of private oil spill claimants set up a new claims facility on June 2, and it offered a smoother, more generous process than the one Ken Feinberg ran for BP for 18 months.

But with a Nov. 1 deadline looming for claimants to opt out of the settlement, the court-appointed claims administrator, Patrick Juneau, is feeling the pressure – and running into some of the same problems in paying claims that vexed Feinberg. 

At Juneau’s urging, BP and the class action lawyers have agreed to ease some documentation requirements. 
Chiefly, BP agreed to waive any and all license requirements for businesses and individuals
claiming they lost wages because of the spill. 

A quick comparison with Feinberg, who was appointed by BP and the White House and paid by BP: In his first two months of paying fully reviewed claims in 2011, Feinberg paid out $700 million to 17,000 claimants, a sixth of everyone seeking a full-review final payment at that time. 

In the two months since Juneau started cutting checks under the court settlement, and he has paid out $26 million, serving a little over 1 percent of the 45,000 claims he’s received to date. 

Juneau said the comparison is “apples to oranges” because Feinberg’s documentation requirements and methodology were not as clear and transparent as his. And, in fairness, about half of the claims Juneau’s gotten are ones that were unresolved or even rejected by Feinberg, so they are clearly not the low-hanging fruit. 

Still, the documentation issues are very similar. On Sept. 5, Juneau reported to the court: “We are becoming concerned… about the numbers of incomplete claims we are seeing in our reviews.” 

In that report, Juneau said that 40 percent of claims reviewed so far are missing at least one document required to make them eligible. 

About half of those deficient claimants already had a claim in with Feinberg and more than half are represented by a lawyer. 

The problem is especially bad for commercial fishermen and seafood harvesters. The settlement requires them to submit either trip tickets or some other documentation showing revenues from the catch they bring to dock. Half of the 3,300 vessel-owner and boat-captain claims had trip tickets, but the other half did not and not one of them had sufficient alternate documentation to justify their claim. 

After paying $7 billion in claims in the first two years after the April 2010 oil spill, BP estimates the court-supervised settlement will require it to pay another $7.8 billion in claims. 

The largest single group of claims under the settlement are for Individual Economic Loss – mostly from people who work for businesses in coastal communities. There are 15,000 of those claims. 

Only one of them has been ruled eligible two months after settlement payments began. That person has accepted a $2,572 settlement and had not been paid as of Sept. 4, the most recent data available. 
Business Economic Loss payments have been almost as slow. Less than half of 1 percent of the 10,000 claims in that category have received offers… none have been paid. 

There may be new hope for another group of fishermen, mostly in the Vietnamese communities, whose families subsist on part of their catch. Feinberg negotiated for months with subsistence claimants and never managed to pay more than a handful. The court settlement didn’t change that immediately. 

More than 3,800 subsistence claims have been filed and none have been ruled eligible yet. 

Juneau said the first determination letters for those subsistence claims should be mailed Sept. 30. 
He said he’s acutely aware of the importance of the Nov. 1 opt-out date and promised that some big-ticket settlements will be paid in the next 30 days. 




Stuart Smith has blogged here before. Good on him for filing suit on the victims behalf rightly claiming that damages remain unknown. Any settlement that does not keep BP on the hook for future damage their black monster may have caused is simply not fair.

Given big oil's political clout we won't see it, but it would be a whole lot better for spill victims and the environment if reparations for oil spill included a two step process. One for immediate compensation to victims and another for long term damages.

BP Spill Victims Claim Gulf Hurricane Undermines Accord

Sep 11, 2012 8:07 PM CT

BP Plc (BP/)’s proposed $7.8 billion partial settlement of 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil-spill claims shouldn’t be approved because last month’s hurricane shows how the extent of the spill’s damage still isn’t known, a victim’s lawyer said.

Large amounts of weathered oil and tar were washed up after Hurricane Isaac struck land in the Gulf of Mexico, showing that the spill hasn’t been contained and is still affecting the region, Stuart Smith, a lawyer for hundreds of Gulf Coast property owners and fishing and tourism businesses, said in a letter to the U.S. magistrate judge overseeing litigation over the 2010 spill.

BP’s contention that significant future contamination from the oil spill is unlikely is a “ridiculous proposition,” Smith said in the Sept. 10 letter filed in federal court in New Orleans today. “The landfall of Hurricane Isaac has changed the settlement landscape.”

BP, based in London, agreed in March to pay an estimated $7.8 billion to resolve most private plaintiffs’ claims for economic loss, property damage and injuries. The settlement, reached days before a scheduled trial on liability for the 2010 spill, doesn’t cover federal government claims and those of the Gulf Coast states.

Excluded Claims

Also excluded are claims of financial institutions, casinos, private plaintiffs in parts of Florida and Texas, and residents and businesses claiming harm from the Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling prompted by the spill. The settlement includes two separate agreements --one over medical claims, the other on economic and property damage.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans granted preliminary approval to the settlement in May and set a fairness hearing for Nov. 8. Smith and other lawyers have been filing objections to the settlement.

BP and the plaintiffs steering committee believe the settlement agreements “are fair, reasonable and adequate under the law and therefore should be granted final approval by the court,” Scott Dean, a company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

Smith asked U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan to open limited discovery, or evidence-finding, on the effects of Isaac, as well as the extent of the environmental recovery in the Gulf.

Smith hadn’t provided the settling parties with enough opportunity to review and respond to his request for more discovery, Shushan said in an order today. Shushan gave BP and the plaintiffs steering committee, which reached the settlement with the company, until Sept. 14 to respond to Smith’s request. She didn’t order more discovery.

Even before Hurricane Isaac, “oil continues to wash up on our beaches,” Allen Kanner, lawyer for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, said in a court filing last week objecting to the settlement. “At least four of our fisheries remain closed due to the continued concentration of oil in the Gulf.”

The proposed settlement “unfairly transfers the risks of future losses from BP to the victims even though BP legally remains forever responsible,” Kanner said.




This is a rather aggressive editorial coming from the very heart of the Gulf's oil patch. It's hard to imagine how much Houma has endured to warrant this view from a place that is almost entirely economically dependent on oil. Also, calls for the federal government to step up to its regulatory responsibilities is something nearly unheard of in this part of the country. Things in Louisiana's oil patch land must be really, really bad.
Make sure BP does its job | Editorial | HoumaToday.com
Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:44 p.m.

The long and frustrating effort to get BP to sufficiently clean up the oil that remains on and near Louisiana’s coast has not gotten any easier since Hurricane Isaac.

If anything, the process might be more complicated and frustrating than it was before the storm washed up and exposed more oil on our beaches.

The latest wrinkle is that BP is seeking permission to dig up vast amounts of sand and beach, sift through the material to remove any oil that might still be present and return the sand and soil to the beaches.

While that might sound like an effective way to remove the oil, some experts are concerned that the process itself could harm rather than help the state’s beaches.

“When you dig up and expose those organisms to sunlight and the elements, you end up killing and changing these ecosystems,” said Garrett Graves, chairman of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

In addition to killing many of the tiny organisms that help maintain the health of the beaches, widespread earth-moving could leave the beaches even more vulnerable than they already are to the devastating erosion that is scooping away huge chunks of land.

A larger point, though, is that the state has long argued that BP was not doing enough to remove the oil, a stance the company itself seemed to refute.

“For well over a year, the state has been pushing BP to remove this oil. It was obvious it was there. Their refusal to take proactive steps to remove the oil has put us in this predicament now,” Graves said.

He also said that BP was trying to remove some local beach areas from its active cleanup plan just before Isaac exposed even more oil.

It is up to the federal regulators to make sure BP does its best to undo the damage its oil has done. And that will not mean going with the fastest plan. It will likely mean taking a careful, methodical approach and maintaining a long-term plan to monitor and assess the situation for years to come.

“This will continue to happen for decades until BP does what it’s supposed to do,” Graves said.

Louisiana’s coast cannot take a backseat to the responsible company’s convenience or the federal government’s gentle oversight.
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I was glad to see the Audubon Society still concerning itself with the the Gulf's still sorry state. So many national organizations have moved on to other things so its nice to see Audubon has not not forgotten the Gulf.
David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society: Time for BP's Fantasy to Turn Into Payback for the Gulf
09/14/2012 3:46 pm

What's the difference between BP paying $5.4 billion to repair the epic mess it created along the Gulf Coast and the $21 billion check it should write? Two words: "grossly negligent."

Headed toward a court date with BP in early 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice is building its case that BP knew enough to have avoided the worst human-caused oil spill in history. The government points to the horrific breakdowns in safety and accountability that led to the blast as reasons to rule BP "grossly negligent" in its activity, a designation that would warrant a $4,300 fine for every barrel spilled. BP will be fined either way, but this gross negligence is the difference between $5.4 billion and $21 billion in Clean Water Act penalties.

Despite the constant stream of scientific reports showing that all is not right in the gulf, the company continues to trot out likable employee spokespeople as the front men and women in a slick propaganda campaign. They'd have you believe that the all-clear signal has been sounded along the Gulf Coast. The gulf is undergoing "a robust recovery," according to BP's court filings.

The marketing geniuses seem to know something scientists don't. Over the past year, evidence has emerged that BP oil and the dispersants applied in unprecedented quantities have done mortal damage. The spill has killed areas of deep-sea coral, led to the deaths of bottlenose dolphins, harmed plankton (a vital link in the ocean food chain), decimated bird nesting habitat, poisoned endangered sea turtles and accelerated marsh erosion in a place where every inch of wetland is a precious barrier to sea level rise. Commercial seafood species are still in trouble. In some areas, oyster beds have yet to recover, and shrimpers are reporting shrimp without eyeballs and fish covered in red lesions.

But this all comes back to BP. In July, Congress made history by passing the RESTORE Act, a landmark law that, for the first time, dedicates the vast majority of Clean Water Act penalties back to the region where the damage was done. With 80 percent of those penalties going to Gulf Coast states for restoration thanks to the RESTORE Act, this is a big deal. So was the fact that this was the rarest of Washington actions, a bipartisan agreement.

The next step is to ensure that the Clean Water Act fines equal the unprecedented nature of this spill -- and that the money flows quickly. Whether that happens through a settlement or through a full trial, it should happen soon, and the penalties should be equal to the crime.

"Grossly negligent" just begins to describe BP's recklessness. But that's the right description when you look at the toll BP took in lives, to the local economies and to the ecosystems that will testify to the damage caused to America's Gulf Coast.




I don't know what the law is but I sure hope that BP can not legally get away with trashing their independent station owners' reputations. Instead of stepping up to their moral and ethical responsibilities BP, yet again, chooses to fight in court like cornered rattlers.
BP asks judge to toss fuel sellers’ claims that 2010 oil spill tarnished BP brand name
September 14

NNEW ORLEANS — BP PLC is asking a federal judge to dismiss claims by its fuel dealers that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the BP brand and cost them business.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier didn’t immediately rule Friday.

BP attorney Christopher Landau said claims that BP dealers lost money due to consumer animosity after the spill must be thrown out because they aren’t covered by either the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 or general maritime law.

A lawyer for BP dealers Tobatex Inc. and M.R.M. Energy Inc., argues other federal and state laws apply to their claims.
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I don't know as there is any reason to believe BP's assertion that the sale of its Texas City refinery remains on track for the end of this year. However, if true, I would guess the refineries neighbors and employees are breathing a sigh of relief. Often as not the plant is spewing filth into the environment and having things happen that endanger workers due to maintenance issues.

9/21/2012 3:34 PM

BP to Sell Texas City Refinery

The British energy giant BP Plc ( BP ) aims to sell its Texas City refinery to Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. ( MPC ), according to a report by The Financial Times. This move is integral to BP's efforts to shed its properties to cover the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cost.

Although BP and Marathon declined to comment on this specific transaction, BP pointed out that it remains on track for a potential sale of its Texas City refinery by the end of the year. The sale of this refinery, the third largest in the U.S., could fetch up to $2.5 billion (1.9 billion euros) for BP.

Even before the Macondo accident, this 475,000 barrel a day facility witnessed a deadly explosion in March 2005. The incident took the lives of 15 workers and injured as many as 170, raising a safety alarm across BP's U.S. operations. Following this, the company shut down the refinery for about two years and incurred $1 billion on compensations to restore the unit. Again in 2007, BP announced it spent $1.6 billion to recompense the sufferers.
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It doesn't seem to have crossed the writer's mind that it could be that BP is simply too arrogant and willfully ignorant to be able to effectively play with Putin and the Russian oil oligarchs. I don't see that luck has had anything to do with BP's Russian problems.

The longer and more intense the feuding and gamesmanship the better it is for the planet and its inhabitants.
BP's Political Risk Problem In Russia: Who Is In Charge?

9/24/2012 @ 5:38PM |692 views
BP's Political Risk Problem In Russia: Who Is In Charge?

Wanted: A political risk analyst / intermediary that can read Russian politics

Salary: Name your price

Bonus: Saving BP; endless cocktail parties in St. James’s Square.

Application deadline: ASAP

That’s exactly what BP needed in the summer of 2011 when its first attempt to ditch TNK-BP and hook up with Rosneft failed. Truth be told, BP got unlucky. Insider accounts suggest that arrangements being made inside and outside Russia were very advanced, but BP fell at the final and most fundamental hurdle: they assumed that Vladimir Putin and Igor Sechin ruled supreme over the Russian energy sector. They didn’t. Despite Sechin’s claims that he would ‘take action’ to push through a BP-Rosneft deal, he couldn’t deliver the goods. AAR stalling from legal action was one problem, Dmitri Medvedev (then President), was another. The liberal minded politician was dead set against Putin’s cabal extending their grip any further over the energy sector. The result; TNK’s divorce never happened. Rosneft wasn’t an eligible bride for BP.

Eighteen months on, BP is back in exactly the same position. It’s looking to exit its 50% stake in the troublesome TNK-BP partnership with AAR, and shifting allegiance to the Kremlin by getting into bed with Rosneft. Despite some optimistic column inches (myself included), that BP might be able to look for various (Asian) suitors, it was always going to come down to Rosneft as the only realistic option to ease BP out of its into AAR nightmare, and into a tighter (statist embrace) with Rosneft for a part cash, part equity deal.

Painful Exposure  

Sounds simple, but it’s anything but. BP is totally exposed to the vagaries of Russian politics. Get things wrong this time round, and it could prove fatal for the groups future existence. The first problem is that Rosneft’s supposed $15bn offer for BP’s stake is less than spectacular. That might include another $5bn in equity stakes for BP to sink into Rosneft,  joining the two companies at the hip, but it falls will below the initial $25bn price tag BP had put out as a ‘floor price’ for its assets. The reason the offer is at best, mediocre, reflects the political mark-down involved that no other international company (let alone domestic players in Russia such as Gazprom) will entertain going into business with AAR. Rosneft is effectively the only credible suitor in what should have been a serious international race for serious Russian production in the TNK-BP entity.
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BP remains in the middle of Russian political power plays. I have no guess as to what the outcome will be but I just keep hoping the feuding continues in perpetuity.

Medvedev govt to rule on BP's sale of TNK-BP

Sep 25, 2012 1:06pm EDT

(Reuters) - The government of Dmitry Medvedev holds the key to BP's (BP.L) ambitions to sell out of Russian oil company TNK-BP (TNBP.MM), his deputy, Arkady Dvorkovich, said on Tuesday.

TNK-BP, Russia's third largest crude oil producer, is suddenly caught between Medvedev's government and Igor Sechin, the powerful chief executive of state-controlled Rosneft (ROSN.MM), in a tug of war over rights to set policy for Russia's oil industry.

Sechin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin for 20 years and a strong voice for the industry, has declared he wants to buy out BP's stake in TNK-BP and sell the British major a stake in Rosneft, holder of the world's largest oil reserves.

"There is only one bid for that (stake) right now, as far as we heard," Dvorkovich said of BP's holding in TNK-BP

"In any case, Rosneft, if it will go for this transaction, will have to ask for instruction from the government. It cannot do otherwise." he told the Reuters Russia Investment Summit.

The government wants to raise $20 billion over the next six years through the sale of remaining state assets, including part of its stake in Rosneft. Dvorkovich said the possible TNK-BP deal ran counter to its plans to cut state influence on the economy by putting a major producer under control of a state controlled company.


If Medvedev's government were to dig in its heels on the sale of TNK-BP for a stake in Rosneft, it could force a showdown between Sechin and Dvorkovich.

The two men are seen as proxies for a wider row between Putin and Medvedev, who have traded barbs in recent days, Putin rebuking ministers in his former protégé's government for ignoring orders and Medvedev for Putin's management style in his former role as prime minister.
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