ExxonMobil is disputing a proposal by federal regulators to impose a $1.7 million fine against the company over a July 2011 crude oil pipeline spill in Montana. According to regulators, Exxon made a series of bad decisions ahead of the incident and in its aftermath. "We respectfully request that all of these allegations, including precautionary shutdowns of the line on two occasions, reflect the appropriate response of [Exxon] rather than suggest that the company as not aware or involved with local conditions and concerns," lawyers representing the company said.

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