In searching for an unbiased article on whether burning ocean oil spills is the best solution, I came across this article discussing their cleanup. It does a decent job of discussing burning & some alternatives. I don't think they do a very good job discussing the benefits and problems with bioremediation based on my knowledge of land based bioremediation. But, they do cover nutrient limited reactions an important problem in many bioremediation strategies.
It's from an interesting source as well - The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited. Besides oil spill cleanup consultation it looks like they also compile data on all oceanic oil spills. I like seeing diagrams like this - oil spills decreasing over time!
Quantities of oil spilt over 7 tonnes between 1970 - 2009
I am still on a quest for a good article discussing the pros and cons of burning oils spills and the alternatives. Anyone have a better article?