A security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline that’s now facing regulatory scrutiny said Wednesday it’s the subject of a “misinformation campaign.”
TigerSwan, based in North Carolina, ran afoul of state regulators this week when the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board filed a complaint in state district court alleging the firm doesn’t have a license to operate here. The firm provided intelligence to Energy Transfer Partners and coordinated with
law enforcement, the board said, and “maintains roving security teams” to monitor valve sites.
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline was the subject of monthslong protests south of Mandan sparked by concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
In a statement late Wednesday, a TigerSwan spokesperson said the firm “has been the subject of a deliberate misinformation campaign” for the past few weeks, an apparent reference to articles published by The Intercept that relied in part on leaked documents.