In Evidence News 11/17 14 June 2017 we reported that Andrew Snelling, a creationist geologist, was refused permission to take rock samples from the Grand Canyon, and had taken out a lawsuit against the National Park Service who oversee activities in the canyon. Science News 30 June 2017, now reports “Snelling dropped his lawsuit after the National Park Service offered to have ‘experienced staff’ help ‘pinpoint locations and determine appropriate sampling methodology’”.
Editorial Comment: Talk about fake news! The Science News report that “Snelling dropped his lawsuit after the National Park Service offered to have ‘experienced staff’ help ‘pinpoint locations and determine appropriate sampling methodology’, is as fake as they come.
In spite of the fact it should be obvious to any reader, Snelling is an experienced geologist quite capable of finding and collecting rock samples without help, and that any thinker may suspect such an offer of assistance from “experienced staff” might be more of a case of spying on him, we repeat the report is fake.
Andrew Snelling advises: “You should know by now not to believe everything journalists report. It is fake news that the NPS had/has to hold my hand. They merely wanted details of where and how I would collect the samples, BUT they already had those details in an email from me from a year previous which they hadn’t read, so I simply re-sent it. I also have a permit for a research-only raft trip, and on that we will be taking a videographer with 30 years’ experience, to record for legal protection and for future use”.
Read our original report on Snelling and the Grand Canyon authorities here.
Editorial Comment: Snelling’s original request was denied because Karl Karlstrom, a geologist at the University of New Mexico gave Snelling’s research proposal a bad review, claiming “My overall conclusion is that Dr. Snelling has no scientific track record and no scientific affiliation since 1982”. This is a classic case of “peer review” being used to hinder scientific research by those who disagree with you.
Evidence News vol. 17, No.13
12 July 2017
Creation Research Australia
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