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Basic Energy Services Reports Selected Operating Data for July 2010

MIDLAND, Texas, Aug 09, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) ("Basic") today reported selected operating data for the month of July 2010. Basic's well servicing rig count remained unchanged at 404 as of July 31, 2010. Well servicing rig hours for the month of July 2010 were 49,400 producing a rig utilization rate of 51%, a decrease from 55% in June 2010 and an increase from 38% in July 2009.

During the month, Basic retired nine fluid service trucks, decreasing its fluid service truck count to 787 as of July 31, 2010. Fluid service truck hours for the month of July 2010 were 157,100, a decrease from 158,500 in June 2010 and an increase from 140,300 in July 2009.

Drilling rig days for the month of July 2010 were 177 producing a rig utilization of 63%, a decrease from 65% in June 2010 and an increase from 45% in July 2009.

Ken Huseman, Basic's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Favorable oil-related demand continued to drive the gradual improvement we have experienced during the last year across all our business segments. The 4th of July holiday, as expected, resulted in sequentially lower rig hours in our production-oriented well servicing segment. Utilization in our other segments was fairly flat sequentially as drilling and completion-related work was less affected by the holiday.

"Activity in all our segments is expected to show growth through the remainder of 2010 before we see the usual seasonal decline midway through the fourth quarter. Pricing is showing modest gains primarily to fund wage increases as we work to retain and attract the most qualified people in our busiest markets. We are confident that our leadership positions in the largest oil and gas producing markets in the country will provide an excellent platform for expansion of our services over the foreseeable future."

                           OPERATING DATA

                                                  Month ended
                                            July 31,           June 30,
                                        2010       2009           2010
                                        ----       ----           ----

    Number of weekdays in period          22         23             22

    Number of well servicing rigs
      Weighted average for period        404        414            404
      End of period                      404        414            404
    Rig hours (000s)                    49.4       40.2           53.4
    Rig utilization rate (2)              51%        38%            55%

    Number of fluid service trucks
      Weighted average for period        792        805            800
      End of period                      787        805            796
    Truck hours (000s)                 157.1      140.3          158.5

    Number of drilling rigs (1)
      Weighted average for period          9          9              9
      End of period                        9          9              9
    Drilling rig days                    177        126            176
    Drilling utilization                  63%        45%            65%

    (1) Includes all rigs and trucks owned during periods presented and
    excludes rigs and trucks held
          for sale.
    (2) Rig utilization rate based on the weighted average number of rigs
    owned during the periods
          being reported, a 55-hour work week per rig and the number of
          weekdays in the periods being

Basic Energy Services provides well site services essential to maintaining production from the oil and gas wells within its operating area. The company employs more than 4,100 employees in more than 100 service points throughout the major oil and gas producing regions in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas and the Rocky Mountain States.

Additional information on Basic Energy Services is available on the Company's website at

Safe Harbor Statement

This release includes forward-looking statements and projections, made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Basic has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information and assumptions on which these statements and projections are based are current, reasonable, and complete. However, a variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, including (i) changes in demand for our services and any related material impact on our pricing and utilizations rates, (ii) Basic's ability to execute, manage and integrate acquisitions successfully and (iii) changes in our expenses, including labor or fuel costs and financing costs. Additional important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations are disclosed in Item 1A of Basic's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and subsequent Form 10-Qs filed with the SEC. While Basic makes these statements and projections in good faith, neither Basic nor its management can guarantee that anticipated future results will be achieved. Basic assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by Basic, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

    Contacts:      Alan Krenek, Chief Financial Officer
                   Basic Energy Services, Inc.

                   Jack Lascar/Sheila Stuewe
                   DRG&E / 713-529-6600

SOURCE Basic Energy Services, Inc.

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