Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for September 2008 and Provides Hurricane Ike Update

    ALICE, Texas, Oct. 13 /CNW/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB)
today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of September

                                   For the month ending
                  September 30, 2008    August 31, 2008   September 30, 2007
    Working days         21                  21                  19
    Rig hours          35,326              36,529              17,553
    Truck hours       100,142             112,639              64,024
    Forbes sustained no infrastructure damage due to Hurricane Ike, although
South Texas and East Texas operations were suspended for several days due to
Ike.   Forbes' rig fleet was idled for an average of three days due to the
storm.  The impact to the truck fleet was greater because Forbes' trucks
typically operate over the weekend while the rigs do not.  Substantially all
Forbes operations were back to normal within three days following the storm.
    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, 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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