SOURCE: High Plains Gas

January 14, 2011 13:38 ET

Big Cat Energy Corporation Expands Board of Directors With Chairman of High Plains Gas

UPTON, WY--(Marketwire - January 14, 2011) - Big Cat Energy Corporation ("Big Cat") (OTCBB: BCTE) (, supplier of the ARID® Aquifer Recharge Injection Systems and High Plains Gas, Inc., (OTCBB: NXPN) are pleased to announce the addition of Mark Hettinger, Chairman of High Plains Gas to Big Cat's Board of Directors as an independent Director.

"The addition of Mark Hettinger to our Board provides Big Cat with a valuable business prospective that will enable us to enhance and expand our current business strategy beyond the Powder River Basin," noted Tim Barritt, President and CEO of Big Cat. "We look forward to utilizing his experience and knowledge as we plan and implement our growth initiatives in 2011 and beyond."

Mark Hettinger has over 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry. In 1979, Mr. Hettinger founded Hettinger Welding, one of the largest energy industry construction firms headquartered in the western United States. Mr. Hettinger continued to serve as CEO and grew the company from one welding truck to a team of over 1500 employees. In 2008, Mr. Hettinger stepped down as CEO of Hettinger Welding to start High Plains Gas Inc. an oil and gas development company located in Gillette, WY. Mr. Hettinger currently serves as President and Chairman of High Plains Gas Inc. He continues to actively serve on the Hettinger Welding Board of Directors.

"I welcome the opportunity to serve on Big Cat's Board of Directors," commented Mr. Hettinger. "My hands-on experience in energy industry operations combined with my understanding of early stage and growth companies will provide valuable support to Big Cat's expansion throughout the Powder River Basin and internationally."

About Big Cat Energy Corporation

Big Cat Energy Corporation works with Coalbed Methane (CBM) Well operators to assist in implementing the most cost-effective environmentally friendly method for handling produced water. Big Cat Energy Corporation's ARID Aquifer Recharge Injection System and Service allows CBM operators to save money by re-injecting the water produced from their CBM gas wells, eliminating surface discharge, and retaining usable water for the landowners future needs.

For sales information contact Jim Farnsworth or Tim Barritt at (307) 468-9369 or email, or visit our web site at

About High Plains Gas
High Plains Gas, Inc. is a Gillette, Wyoming based energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin. Through its wholly-owned subsidiary CEP - M Purchase LLC, the Company owns the former Marathon "North & South Fairway" assets. These assets consist of 1,614 Coal Bed Methane Wells with associated flow lines and over 155, 000 net acres. This combined with the Company's existing 92 natural gas wells gives the company a strong foundation in the natural gas industry. High Plains Gas will pursue expansion opportunities for the profitable production and transmission of natural gas. High Plains Gas believes it has unique expertise and experience in the refurbishment and reactivation of wells that produce natural gas from coal bed methane formations that helps position it strategically in the Powder River Basin.

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