SOURCE: High Plains Gas

January 19, 2011 14:54 ET

High Plains Gas Announces Ticker Symbol Change to "HPGS"

GILLETTE, WY--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) - High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTCBB: NXPN) ("HPG" or "the Company"), a Gillette, Wyoming-based energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas, primarily in the Powder River Basin, today announced that the Company will change its ticker symbol from (OTCBB: NXPN) to (OTCBB: HPGS). The ticker symbol change will be effective with the start of trading tomorrow, January 20, 2011.

Mark Hettinger, Chairman of High Plains Gas, commented, "We are pleased to have completed this ticker symbol change to HPGS from NXPN. Our new symbol more accurately reflects our company and helps further strengthen our brand awareness in the natural gas space."

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.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

Statements made about our future expectations are forward-looking statements and subject to risks and uncertainties as described in our most recent filings made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and are subject to change at any time. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement.

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