SOURCE: High Plains Gas

December 27, 2010 16:00 ET

High Plains Gas Engages American Capital Ventures for Investor Relations Services

GILLETTE, WY--(Marketwire - December 27, 2010) - High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTCBB: NXPN) ("High Plains" or "Company"), an energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin, today announced that the Company has retained the services of American Capital Ventures ("ACV"), a leading provider of comprehensive investor relations services.

Mark Hettinger, Chairman of High Plains Gas, stated, "High Plains Gas has seen continued growth as we broaden our resources through strategic acquisition, as seen in the Marathon Oil purchase of over 1600 wells, as well as leasing with cooperative land owners. With our growing resources and expanding shareholder base, we are prepared to step up our communication efforts with both the investment community and the media. As a key part of this initiative, we are pleased to retain American Capital Ventures as our investor relations firm. ACV has a strong track record of assisting high growth companies like ours in increasing their visibility, expanding their investor platform and adding value to the company and its shareholders. We are looking forward to working with ACV on this effort."

Howard Gostfrand, President of American Capital Ventures, commented, "We are equally happy to be working with and collaborating alongside High Plains and its wonderful management team. The Company is advantageously poised to benefit from the current economic environment and the increasing demand in the energy market. In anticipation of what lies ahead as the company continues to expand, their dedicated management team and ACV are fully committed to increasing investor and media outreach efforts and building a greater shareholder base. We look forward to joining efforts to improve the company's visibility and ramp up the company's investor relations initiatives going forward."

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 help position it strategically in the Powder River Basin. For more information visit:

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American Capital Ventures (ACV) is a boutique investor relations firm founded on the principals of hard work, professionalism and integrity. Our company offers emerging growth companies a different, more comprehensive approach to investor relations. ACV delivers highly effective investor communications counsel in conjunction with developing tangible brokerage relationships for our clients. Our goal is to allow management the ability to focus on their core business, while assisting them in communicating their message and develop their investor relationships.

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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