08/15/2017 08:01 EDT | Updated 08/15/2017 08:20 EDT

Company wants Dakota Access security complaint dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Carolina-based company that says it was a management consultant for the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is asking a judge to dismiss a complaint alleging it illegally provided security services in North Dakota.

Company president James Reese maintains TigerSwan provided only management consulting services for Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners, and that the physical security work was handled by other companies hired by ETP and ETP's contractors.

North Dakota's Private Investigative and Security Board in late June sued TigerSwan and Reese in state court, saying the company had no license to operate in North Dakota during pipeline protests and continued operating after applying for one but being denied.

The board is seeking administrative fines potentially totalling thousands of dollars.

No court hearings have been scheduled in the case.