Is oil supply really inelastic in the short run?

Though it remains evident that in the short run, the known capacities of oil can't be increased and hence we can assume that there remains a upper cap which ensures that even if there is high price change, our quantities supplied can't go up. However, if we consider the case of price decrement, then certainly, oil companies can horde oil and reduce the quantity supplied, making the elasticity go high? Then why do we assume that the oil supply in short run is nearly inelastic?

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    $\begingroup$ 1. What is the source of your claim, who is the "we" assuming this? 2. What exactly do you mean by "short run", how "short" a time period are we talking about? $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Oct 9, 2019 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ 3. If oil companies sometimes hoard oil, then they usually have a stock of it. If the price rises, they can unload part of this stock, hence the upper cap of supply is not production capacity.. $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Oct 9, 2019 at 10:33


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