Federal grand jury looking into violent pipeline protest clash

BISMARCK, N. D. – A federal grand jury in North Dakota is looking for a violent November clash between the Dakota Access pipeline opponents and officers in which a woman was severely injured.

Lawyer Ralph Hurvitz said pipeline opponent Steve Martinez has been ordered to testify about New York resident Sophia Wilansky arm injury due to an explosion.

Protesters say that she was injured by a grenade thrown by the police, while authorities say she was hurt by a small propane tank that protesters rigged to explode.

Martinez, who is from Williston, North Dakota, says he will refuse to testify, and is willing to be arrested.

Grand jury proceedings are closed to the public. Attorney Chris Myers refused to comment.

Pipeline opponents worry the four-state, $3.8 billion, a project that is harmful to the environment. The pipeline developer disputes.

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