Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for May 2009

    ALICE, Texas, June 10 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of May 2009.


                                     For the month ending
                       May 31, 2009     April 30, 2009       May 31, 2008
     Working days              20                22                  21
     Rig hours
        U.S.               17,176            18,890              33,436
        Mexico              3,600             2,520                   -
        Total rig hours    20,776            21,410              33,436

    Truck hours           65,392            67,236              87,014

        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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