Judge dismisses complaint against pipeline security company

A North Dakota judge has dismissed a complaint that regulators filed against a North Carolina-based company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.

North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board plans to appeal Judge John Grinsteiner’s Wednesday ruling to the state Supreme Court. Should that fail, it could pursue fines administratively.

The dispute is whether TigerSwan provided actual investigative or security services within North Dakota without a license, rather than consulting services that are outside of the board’s jurisdiction.

Grinsteiner in April rejected a board request to ban TigerSwan from the state. On Wednesday, he agreed with TigerSwan’s attorney that any decision on whether the company should be fined for its actions during the protests should be made administratively.