BISMARCK, N.D. – Round 2: North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The board alleges that TigerSwan illegally operated in North Dakota without a state license during protests against the pipeline in 2016 and 2017. TigerSwan disputes that.
The $2 million figure is in a new Oct. 30 complaint that the state Private Investigative and Security Board filed against TigerSwan through the administrative process.
TigerSwan attorney Lynn Boughey said activities such as consulting and putting information in a report don’t constitute investigative or security work under state law. He also called the fine amount the board is seeking “outrageous.”
“They’re trying to reimburse themselves for their foolish decision to come after the wrong people,” he said.
The security board first notified TigerSwan on September 23, 2016 that it was illegally providing security services without a license. The company responded on October 4, stating,
“TigerSwan is not conducting ‘private security services’ in North Dakota.”
The board has separately appealed to the state Supreme Court its recent loss in a civil case that it brought against the company in which it sought an unspecified amount in fines.
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