The Interior Department is ordering further analysis of the Vineyard Wind project’s impact on commercial fishing as well as a study of the industry’s cumulative impacts on the environment. 

Environmental groups say the last-minute decision, announced Friday, by the Trump administration is a ploy to halt the offshore wind industry.

"When it comes to fossil fuels [the Trump administration] is willing to shortcut environmental reviews," says John Rogers with the Union of Concerned Scientists. "But when it comes to a major new source of clean energy, it’s looking to see what roadblocks it can throw in the way."

The Interior Department did not respond to requests for an interview. 

New England commercial fishermen have applauded the decision saying the project has been moving too fast and hasn’t addressed their concerns about fish displacement and navigational safety. 

Scallop fisherman Eric Hansen in New Bedford, MA says the industry has been expressing its issues with the Vineyard Wind project for years. He’s pleased the federal government is finally listening. 

"We want to make sure that the fishing industry survives and can co-exists with wind energy," Hansen says. "And we want to make sure that everything can co-exist before we rob from one industry to support another."

Vineyard Wind’s construction of the 84-turbine wind farm was set to begin before the end of the year in order to take advantage of an expiring federal tax credit worth millions of dollars.