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.
Take a look at the chart below titled ESA (Endangered Species Act) Litigation Expenditures by Organization to see how many millions in taxpayer dollars these radical environmentalists have been paid!