Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for December 2008

    ALICE, Texas, Jan. 14 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of December


                                       For the month ending
                    December 31, 2008   November 30, 2008   December 31, 2007
    Working days               20                  18                  18
    Rig hours              27,272              30,892              17,562
    Truck hours            95,401             103,499              69,434

    Working days represent the week days in the month less holidays.  Rig and
truck hours represent actual hours billed to customers.  Work days in December
2008 amounted to 20 based on 23 weekdays in the month reduced by two days for
the Christmas holiday and one day the New Year holiday.

    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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