Bayou Bridge Opponents to Louisiana State Board: Please Protect our Citizens from Renegade Security Firm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017
Contacts:

Misha Mitchell, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, 225-692-1133, basinkeeperlegal@gmail.com
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504-452-4909, anne@labucketbrigade.org

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Bayou Bridge Opponents to Louisiana State Board:
Please Protect our Citizens from Renegade Security Firm

Baton Rouge – Advocacy groups sent a letter to the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners requesting that the board deny TigerSwan, LLC’s pending application to operate in the state of Louisiana based on the company’s track record of dangerous and potentially illegal behavior. TigerSwan, which provides security services and support to government and private clients, has been connected to Energy Transfer Partners, one of the owners in the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline. 

“The state of North Dakota refused to issue a license to TigerSwan, a dangerous company with a history of skirting the law,” said Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “The state of Louisiana should also deny a license to this renegade company. TigerSwan follows people as if we were criminals. They have escalated situations with firearms. We can disagree about the pipeline without resorting to such behavior.”

Energy Transfer Partners allegedly hired TigerSwan to conduct security surveillance in connection with advocacy in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock. However, the legitimacy of the security company’s operations in North Dakota, and other states, has been called into question by the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board (NDPISB), among others. In a complaint filed last month against TigerSwan, LLC and its president James Reese, the NDPISB claims that the company has been, and continues to operate in the state illegally. The Board denied licensure to TigerSwan after several purportedly failed attempts to obtain necessary information. 

The letter, submitted by Atchafalaya Basinkeeper on behalf of Bold Louisiana, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Gulf Restoration Network, 350 Louisiana, Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West and Waterkeeper Alliance, comes before the Board after Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer Fabian P. Blache III invited public input regarding the pending application. Although an applicant is not required to include reference to its employer in its application for licensure to operate in Louisiana, the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline, jointly owned by Energy Transfer Partners and the southern-leg of the Dakota Access pipeline, is the suspected subject of TigerSwan’s seeking licensure to operate in Louisiana. 

Staff Attorney for Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Misha Mitchell, states that “we are simply requesting that the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners take a hard look at TigerSwan’s prior conduct in other states to make an informed decision as to whether TigerSwan meets the qualifications for licensure. In our opinion, it does not. Ultimately, the Board must determine whether it is in the best interests of the citizens of Louisiana to allow this company to operate in Louisiana.” 

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