This is How Radical Environmental Groups Fleece the Taxpayer and use the Money to Advance their Agenda
It's called "Sue and Settle." Environmental groups work in close coordination with government officials. They sue the government agency to change environmental policy. The agency being sued uses "mediation" in a process to avoid a public court hearing. The lawsuit is settled for thousands of dollars, including attorney's fees, and the environmental policy is changed. All of this is done behind closed doors. No public disclosure. No legislative involvement.