Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for July 2009


    ALICE, Texas, Aug. 11 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of July 2009.

                                     For the month ending
                        July 31, 2009    June 30, 2009    July 31, 2008
                        -------------    -------------    -------------
    Working days              22               22               22
    Rig hours
      U.S.                19,119           18,947           35,665
      Mexico               4,392            4,320                -
                        -------------    -------------    -------------
      Total rig hours     23,511           23,267           35,665

    Truck hours           65,416           67,034          100,696
      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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