Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for August 2008 and Hurricane Ike Preliminary Update

    ALICE, Texas, Sept. 15 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of August

                                    For the month ending
                   August 31, 2008     July 31, 2008      August 31, 2007
     Working days           21                22                   21
     Rig hours          36,529            35,665               16,091
     Truck hours       112,639           100,969               61,305
    Hurricane Ike impacted much of Texas with heavy winds, rain, and rising
water. Forbes sustained no infrastructure damage although South Texas and East
Texas operations were suspended for a few days due to Ike.  Operations are
resuming today and all locations should be fully functional by tomorrow,
Tuesday, September 16.
    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 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.

     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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