August 20, 2008

Forbes Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for July 2008

ALICE, Texas, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Forbes Energy Services Ltd. (TSX: FRB) today announced its rig and trucking hours billed for the month of July 2008.

                                           For the month ending                             July 31, 2008    June 30, 2008     July 31, 2007    Working days                   22               21                21   Rig hours                    35,665           32,803            15,115   Truck hours                 100,969          102,194            57,577     

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               361-664-0549                DRG&E               Ken Dennard, Managing Partner               Ben Burnham, AVP               713-529-6600  

Forbes Energy Services Ltd.

CONTACT: L. Melvin Cooper, SVP & CFO of Forbes Energy Services Ltd.,+1-361-664-0549; or Ken Dennard, Managing Partner, or Ben Burnham, AVP, bothof DRG&E, +1-713-529-6600, for Forbes Energy Services Ltd.