ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Senate Judiciary committee heard from an Alaskan Tuesday about the devastation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Sen. Mark Begich asked Cordova resident Joe Banta to testify at a hearing focusing on protecting the victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Begich told the committee he appreciates the focus on making sure the victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster don't suffer the same injustices experienced by Alaskans.
Banta sympathized with people in the Gulf of Mexico because he knows the toll a spill takes on a community. He talked about the biological, financial and community effects of the Exxon Valdez disaster and the long-lasting effects it had on his family.