Speaking to reporters afterward, the governor again said he believes that drilling has impacted communities. But any locally assessed fee should be done in a way that does not encourage companies to invest elsewhere, he said.
"I will protect the environment, but I will help grow an industry that is hiring Pennsylvanians and giving hope," Corbett said.
Shortly after the governor's remarks, David Sanko, the association's executive director, said the group is continuing to push for some form of tax or fee to help municipalities manage their costs. Senate Republicans are working on a measure to authorize a local impact fee.
A handful of southwestern Pennsylvania township supervisors gave varying descriptions of the impacts they've seen, and the willingness of drillers to mitigate them. During a well-attended morning session on local drilling issues, many pointed to road maintenance amid heavy truck traffic as their biggest problem.
Communication between companies and government on road-repair issues is easier in an area like Washington County's Chartiers, where Range Resources is the sole drilling company, Township Supervisor Harlan Shober said. He said Range recently paid $10 million to fix 13.5 miles of the township's roads, allowing for more repairs than the local budget would have covered.
Shober said he worries about unforeseen long-term effects and wants to see more prevention and planning.
"Let's work on the environmental side, so we aren't finding something out three years down the road that we should have heard now," he said.
Corbett said he has asked his shale commission to review those impacts and others, such as the effects on schools and crime.
But he said a severance tax would be "detrimental" to areas of the state that have seen job growth in sectors beyond drilling.
"We are in competition right now, and the most crucial time, in my opinion, is right now in getting jobs to Pennsylvania," Corbett said.