Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for December 2010

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    Rig hours up 35% year-over-year

    Truck hours up 28% year-over-year







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ALICE, Texas, Jan. 13, 2011 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB) today announced its rig and trucking hours for the month of December 2010.

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                                    For the month ending
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                 December 31, 2010  November 30, 2010    December 31,2009
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    Working days                 20                  19                  20
    Rig hours
      U.S.                   26,958              25,724              18,296
      Mexico                  5,760               3,216               5,976
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      Total rig
       hours                 32,718              28,940              24,272
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    Truck hours             100,049             102,839              78,130


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John Crisp, Forbes Energy Services' President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with the strong December hours in a month that is typically one of our slower months due to the holidays. 2010 was a year of rebuilding as can be seen from our results for the year. For 2011 we continue to anticipate additional business in oily and liquids rich areas such as South and West Texas with slower activity in our dry gas markets such as East Texas.

"As can be seen by the above numbers, our Mexico rigs were all working in the month of December and have continued working in January. Our discussions with Pemex regarding our contract extension are ongoing."

U.S. rigs generally work all weekdays except holidays. Mexico rigs generally work every day except holidays. Trucks generally operate every day except Sundays and holidays. Rig and truck hours represent actual hours billed to customers.

Forbes Energy Services cautions that several factors other than those discussed above may impact the Company's operating results and that a particular trend regarding the factors above may or may not be indicative of the Company's current or future financial performance.

Forbes Energy Services Ltd. is an independent oilfield services contractor that provides a broad range of drilling-related and production-related services to oil and natural gas companies, primarily onshore in Texas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Mexico.

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    Forward-Looking Statements
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This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as contemplated by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, in which the Company discusses factors it believes may affect its performance in the future. The accuracy of the Company's assumptions, expectations, beliefs and projections depend on events or conditions that change over time and are thus susceptible to change based on actual experience, new developments and known and unknown risks. The Company gives no assurance that the forward-looking statements will prove to be correct and does not undertake any duty to update them. The Company's actual future results might differ from the forward-looking statements made in this press release for a variety of reasons, which include: supply and for oilfield services and the level of oil and natural gas prices; the continued uncertainty in the global financial markets and its effect on domestic spending in the oil and natural gas industry; the Company's ability to maintain or improve pricing on its core services; the potential for excess capacity in the industry; competition and the ability to obtain additional cash resources through a financing or other permitted transaction. Should one or more of the foregoing risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the Company's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results may vary materially from those anticipated in its forward-looking statements, and the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected. Additional factors that you should consider are set forth in detail in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 (the "Form 10-K") as well as other filings the Company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Contacts:  Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
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               L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO
               361-664-0549
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               DRG&L
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               Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
               Ben Burnham, AVP
               713-529-6600






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SOURCE Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

For further information: L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO of Forbes Energy Services Ltd., +1-361-664-0549; or Ken Dennard, Managing Partner, or Ben Burnham, AVP, both of DRG&L, +1-713-529-6600, for Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

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