Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for March 2009

    ALICE, Texas, April 14 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of March 2009.


                                      For the month ending
                       March 31, 2009   February 28, 2009      March 31, 2008
     Working days              22                 20                   21
     Rig hours
        U.S.               21,207             21,551               26,777
        Mexico              3,336              1,412                    -
        Total rig hours    24,543             22,963               26,777

     Truck hours           71,171             68,665               76,562

    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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