Oil Pipeline Developer Ends Private Security in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Texas-based developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline says it no longer has private security personnel in North Dakota.

Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday that it also no longer retains the services of a firm that state regulators say operated illegally without a license.

North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board sued last week to block North Carolina-based TigerSwan’s armed workers from continuing to monitor the pipeline system. The board says the company had no license and operated after being denied one.

A TigerSwan spokesman says the company ceased operations with ETP in North Dakota around the end of June.

The $3.8 billion pipeline began moving North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois last month.

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