Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla are working to reduce the threat of crude oil pipeline breaks in the Gulf of Mexico. The focus is on leak-detection methods – which ones are working and which ones don’t work. The research might help cut back on a big problems – the high number of false alarms. While the study focuses primarily on 32,000 miles of offshore pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, the research will provide help in the future for the government agency responsible for pipelines.