Senator John Unger

9:24 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly: John Unger

PBS features West Virginia State Senator John Unger, who also serves as a pastor at three churches in the Eastern Panhandle. Unger says being a pastor allows him to better understand "the human condition" and helps him become a better legislator.
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BOB ABERNETHY, correspondent: John Unger is a 45-year-old West Virginia native who has pastored St. John Lutheran Church in Harper's Ferry for four-and-a-half years. He says when he started the congregation consisted of six people and a dog. Today, about fifty people worship here on the average Sunday.
Chemical Leak
7:15 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

W.Va. Senator Says Goverment Should Fund Health Monitoring

Credit WV Legislature

A top state senator wants West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to use $10 million in reserves for health monitoring after chemicals spilled into 300,000 people's water supply.
     Senate Majority John Unger wants the governor to tap into the state's rainy day fund for the program. The last-resort fund of about $915 million is considered one of the nation's strongest.

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Chemical Leak
3:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Lawmakers, State Official React to Latest Press Conference

Director of the WVDHSEM Jimmy Gianato testifies before the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources.
Credit Ashton Marra

Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jimmy Gianato testified before the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Water Resources Friday, answering questions about the state testing water quality in homes.

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The Legislature Today
9:38 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Unger Talks Child Poverty and Education, Chemical Spill Bill

The Senate focuses on the health of children around West Virginia, Senator John Unger talks issues regarding children and poverty, improving education,  as well as movement on the bill to protect water resources from another chemical spill. Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox discusses poor road conditions and funding with the House Finance Committee.

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11:55 am
Wed January 22, 2014

State Senate Majority Leader: Governor's Bill Shields Chemical Industry

Credit West Virginia Legislature

A West Virginia Senate leader thinks the governor's proposal to prevent chemical spills caters to industry interests.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's bill doesn't do enough to register and inspect above-ground storage tanks.
     Tomblin's measure responds to Freedom Industries' Jan. 9 spill, which contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

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Chemical Leak
1:24 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Water Resources Commission Launches Investigation Into Chemical Spill

Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D-Berkeley) announced today that the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources, which he co-chairs, is launching an investigation into the recent chemical spill in Kanawha County that led to the ongoing contamination crisis.

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Frack Water Disposal
10:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Recycling Frack Fluids Growing Alternative to Injection Wells

Senator John Unger chaired the Legislative Oversight Commission on state Water Resources.
Credit Ashton Marra

State lawmakers say they’re starting to broaden their focus of the state’s water resources from not just protecting it, but also managing it.

During a legislative interim meeting in Charleston, legislators considered the thoughts of scientists and industry leaders regarding waste water management in the natural gas sector.

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