With frustration and anger at the oil spill response at a boiling point, six U.S. Senators and two of President Obama's cabinet secretaries took an aerial tour of the oil leak with Governor Bobby Jindal.
This was Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's fourth trip to the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew up and sank more than a month ago.
They viewed the oil leak from the air and spoke with people affected by the spill on the ground at a meeting in Galliano.
"I've come away with a new feeling about BP," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. "BP in my mind no longer stands for British Petroleum. It stands for beyond patience."
Their visit comes after a tough weekend along the Louisiana coast.
More thick oil made its way into Barataria and Terrebonne Bays.
Jefferson Parish commandeered BP's boats and boom that were sitting idle at the dock.
The cabinet members promised to keep up the pressure on BP.
"We continue to hold BP responsible as the responsible party, but we are on them, watching them," said Napolitano.
"They will be held accountable," said Salazar. "We will keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done."
Governor Jindal used the occasion to once again push for federal permits to dredge and build sand barriers off the Louisiana coast.
"Our biologists tell us that marsh may begin dying as soon as 5 to 7 days," said Jindal. "It is clear we do not have the resources to protect our coast."
Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry admits she was not satisfied with the deployment of boom and other resources this weekend as oil migrated into Barataria Bay.
As a result, she says she's ordering a doubling of response teams along the Gulf coast.
Governor Jindal wants her to take it a step further and order additional Coast Guard commanders with decision making authority to the coast to more quickly respond as oil washes ashore.
"We've been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late for the oil hitting our coast," said Jindal.
"We're fighting this oil on the sea," said Napolitano. "The goal is to either disperse it, to boom it, to burn it, to keep it from reaching landfall."
Despite those efforts, so far 70 miles of Louisiana beaches have been impacted by oil.According to Governor Jindal every day the state waits on authority to rebuild and repair barrier islands, more oil gets into sensitive bird habitat and fragile fisheries.
"This oil threatens not only our coast and our wetlands, this oil fundamentally threatens our way of life here in south Louisiana," said Jindal.
The governor also says the National Guard has asked for additional helicopters to help in the sandbagging operation on the coast.
He says other states have agreed to send them.