The Pentagon has approved the use of two Air Force planes to dump chemicals on the oil spill threatening the Gulf coast.
The planes were sent from Ohio to Mississippi Thursday to await orders.
A number of civilian planes have already been doing the same job using chemicals to try to break up the oil.
Officials now focus their attention on cleaning up the shallow water areas to protect marine life.
The National Guard has begun to aid in the clean up process sending resources to Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Terrebonne, Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes.