SOURCE: High Plains Gas

December 20, 2010 11:00 ET

High Plains Gas Announces Solid Re-Enhancement Results of Gas Wells

Increases Gas Production of Previously Working Wells by 129%

GILLETTE, WY--(Marketwire - December 20, 2010) - High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTCBB: NXPN), an energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin, today announced the successful results of its re-enhancement program implemented on 22 gas wells in the Grams, Mills Gillette and Foundation leases. The Company's average production for previously producing wells increased 129%, as compared to those wells that had not underwent re-enhancement.

The re-enhancement program included well cleanouts, pump and blower changes and other activities to initiate and increase existing production. Of the total wells in the enhancement program, 10 wells with prior natural gas production had a net increase of 4,289 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) for the month after re-enhancement efforts, for an average increase of 129%. The 12 wells that did not have gas production prior to February 2010 added 4,821 Mcf per month to High Plains natural gas output after restarting took place.

"We are very pleased that we were able to increase production of previously working wells by 129%, showcasing our great success with re-enhancement and refurbishment processes. As we continue with our re-enhancement programs in other fields, we plan to continue to increase our gas production capabilities," said Mark Hettinger, Chairman of High Plains Gas. "With our recent North and South Fairway acquisition of over 1,600 wells, we already have targeted over 600 wells for re-enhancement, which is expected to begin in early 2011."

About High Plains Gas, Inc.
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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