Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for April 2009

    ALICE, Texas, May 19 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of April 2009.

                                         For the month ending
                                   April 30,  March 31,   April 30,
                                      2009      2009        2008

    Working days                        22          22          22
    Rig hours
      U.S.                          18,890      21,207      31,621
      Mexico                         2,520       3,336           -
      Total rig hours               21,410      24,543      31,621

    Truck hours                     67,236      71,171      82,760

    Working days represent the week days in the month less holidays.  Rig and
truck hours represent actual hours billed to customers.

    Mexico rig hours declined compared to March due to delays that resulted
from a national holiday and concerns over the swine flu outbreak.

    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 and Mexico.

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

               Ken Dennard, Managing Partner
               Ben Burnham, AVP


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 Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

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