SOURCE: High Plains Gas

February 24, 2011 09:00 ET

High Plains Gas Reworks Injection Facility Valving System to Yield Positive Results

GILLETTE, WY--(Marketwire - February 24, 2011) - High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTCBB: HPGS) (or "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 it has seen a significant reduction in the amount of chlorine needed to generate a "clean water sample" by reworking the valving system on one of its water injection facilities.

Typically the water content that is pumped out of a methane gas well exceeds the iron fixing bacteria threshold required by the Wyoming State energy lab hence the need to use chemicals to treat the water before it is injected back into a natural underground aquifer.

Mark Hettinger, Chairman of High Plains Gas, commented, "By reworking the valve sequence we have increased the chlorine's contact time with the water which allows us to use significantly less chlorine per facility to achieve the same results. We are seeing roughly a 70% reduction in our chemical costs."

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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