The United States Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Programs for the oil and gas industry specify rigorous fuel sampling requirements. Efficient resolution of fuel sample data management issues requires an understanding of the lifecycle within the GHG universe. This paper explores different issues associated with fuel sampling data and best methods for proactive sample data management. The lifecycle of sample data encompasses six stages: (1) Identification of a Representative Fuel Sample Point; (2) the Sampling Process; (3) Data Generation; (4) Data Capture; (5) Data Transfer; and (6) Data Consumption. Issues can arise at any stage and affect data accuracy. Efficient compliance with GHG programs requires efficient management of fuel sample data. Lifecycle assessment of fuel sample data and proactive identification of potential pitfalls enables a company to develop appropriate controls and performance indicators. A robust sample management program not only helps with GHG compliance assurance, but also other regulatory compliance programs (for example, Title V).

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