I dont want to throw cold water on this ruling, but the $4.2 million total is pretty much chump-change compared to the money they spend on just one well. It is certainly not enough to be punitive. At the peak of the shale-gas boom, they were routinely paying-off families to the tune of a hundreds of thousands of dollars (provided they sign a lifetime gag order that they have sometimes tried extend to include the lifetimes of their children** - for all anyone knows successfully - save one well-publicized case***) here in the opposite corner of the state.
It is certainly not punitive. What has punished them the most is the current natural gas supply glut and price crash. (Chesapeake's CEO down on Oklahoma even committed suicide using his big SUV) But, with all the coal power plants shutting down - replaced mostly by gas, prices will eventually rise and they will be back.
**Like that nasty vindictive God in the Protestant version of the 1st Commandment, save a few generations.
*** Even mentioning the existence of a gag order (or mentioning the existence of a gag on mentioning the existence of a gag order...ad infinitum) is a violation of the gag order!