Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for May 2008

    ALICE, Texas, July 9 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
announced today its rig and trucking hours for the month of May 2008.

                                   For the month ending
                      May 31, 2008    April 30, 2008    May 31, 2007
    Working days           22               22               20
    Rig hours            33,436           31,621           12,886
    Trucking hours       87,014           82,760           55,850
    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, Assistant Vice President


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, Assistant Vice President, both of DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Forbes
Energy Services Ltd.

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