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This is a venue case. Southwestern Bell Telephone Company brought suit on June 8, 1973, in the District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas, against C. E. Vanover, Marlin Burt, Al Bouch, Socony Mobil Company, Inc., Triangle Facilities, Inc., Continental Oil Company and Gulf Oil Corporation, for damages allegedly sustained as the result of gasoline leaking from storage tanks, pumps or lines connecting the storage tanks and pumps at three service stations in McAllen, Texas, to plaintiffs underground cables contained within an underground conduit which was beneath a street in McAllen. Socony Mobil Company, Inc. filed its plea of privilege to be sued in Dallas County, Texas, where it allegedly had its domicile and principal place of business in Texas. Plaintiff controverted the plea, and sought to maintain venue in Hidalgo County under the provisions of Subdivisions 4, 9, 9a, and 23, Article 1995, V.A.C.S. Following a non-jury hearing, the plea of privilege was overruled. Mobil Oil Corporation, hereinafter called "Mobil" and the successor to Socony Mobil Company, Inc., defendant, has appealed.