A Russian chief engineer who deliberately dumped 10,000 gallons of oil-polluted water off the Louisiana coast has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison. In addition to dumping the oil water, the engineer also lied to the US Coast Guard and destroyed documents to cover up the incident.

Kirill Kompaniets, the chief engineer of a bulk carrier, let out the polluted water from his cargo ship this March. When the engine room flooded when they were trying to repair a problem with the discharge of clean ballast water, they dumped 10,000 gallons of the polluted water, according to the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Kompaniets has also been fined $5,000 for discharging oily waste and obstructing justice. The incident happened when the ship was anchored near the Southwest Passage off the Louisiana Coast. Kompaniets admitted to lying about the dumping and concealing the cause of the incident and pled guilty.

Oil pollution and dumpings have lasting, devastating consequences for the environment and marine life.

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