Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for January 2009

    ALICE, Texas, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of January


                                    For the month ending
                   January 31, 2009   December 31, 2008    January 31, 2008
    Working days             21                 20                 22
    Rig hours            26,016             27,272             23,862
    Truck hours          89,383             95,401             71,950

                Working days represent the week days in the month less
                   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 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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