The oil industry must form a safety group patterned after the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, which has helped improve safety and performance at nuclear plants, said William Reilly, co-chairman of a presidential commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico spill. INPO was established after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, and it continues to conduct frequent inspections of facilities and evaluate training programs. An organization similar to Inpo could "create the safety culture that's needed" in offshore drilling, Reilly added.

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