Will $50 Oil make USA Frackers turn On the Tap? Can Shale Drilling make money at $50 per barrel? PLEASE: Support us Like this video if you found it useful. The International Energy Agency said costs for shale drillers fell 30pc in 2015, and will fall a further 22pc this year. How true is this? Gaurav Sharma, oil market analyst and editor of UK Times UK comments. What is the current breakeven cost of drilling in the different shale regions? Can shale operators make money at these prices? I would say that at $50 barrel, a lot of shale drillers are quite comfortable especially the Eagle Ford in Texas because that is very well connected as far as infrastructure goes.