Project to archive Exxon Valdez records continues

An otter covered with oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill

An otter covered with oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill – ACE6 (Photo by ARLIS Reference)

A project to archive records related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill is continuing, despite concerns raised by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland, in a written notice last month, said he had become aware of the project and expressed concern it could inadvertently affect an ongoing dispute in the case.

The attorney general’s office sought to assure Holland that no records have been destroyed as part of the project, and none will be until the judge gives his OK.

The project, which started in 2011, allows archivists to determine which records have permanent value and should be saved for research and review, and which no longer need to be kept.

Archivist Larry Hibpshman said the project is set for completion in September.