Charles C. Forbes Announces Acquisition of Common Shares of Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

    ALICE, Texas, Sept. 9 /CNW/ -- On September 4, 2008 Charles C. Forbes,
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Forbes Energy Services
Ltd. ("Forbes"), acquired 52,900 common shares of Forbes ("Common Shares")
through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX").  Mr. Forbes
beneficially owns, or exercises control and direction over, directly or
indirectly, an aggregate of 52,900 Common Shares as at the date hereof.  This
represents an undiluted 0.21% interest in Common Shares based upon the
24,644,700 Common Shares currently issued and outstanding.
    Mr. Forbes also owns 8,850,000 of the 29,500,000 Class B shares of Forbes
(the "Class B Shares"), all of which are convertible into Common Shares on a
one-for-one basis at the option of the holder.  As a result, Mr. Forbes
beneficially owns, or exercises control and direction over, directly or
indirectly, an aggregate of 8,902,900 Common Shares (representing a 16.4%
interest in Common Shares on a fully-diluted basis, assuming the conversion of
Class B Shares).
    Mr. Forbes purchased the Common Shares for investment purposes and he may
in the future increase his holdings depending on market conditions.  This news
release is being issued pursuant to section 5.2 of Multilateral Instrument
62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids ("MI 62-104") and will be filed on the
System for the Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") with the
report required under MI 62-104 and National Instrument 62-103 The Early
Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Trading Reporting Issues.

     Contacts: Forbes Energy Services Ltd.
               L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO

               Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
               Ben Burnham, AVP
    Charles C. Forbes

For further information:

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&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Charles C. Forbes

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